What Is Meditation?
The word meditation, comes from two Latin
words meditari, which means to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the
mind and mederi meaning to heal. Meditation also has a root in Sanskrit
medha means wisdom.
Some people consider meditation as a worship or prayer, however, it
is not limited to a religious practice. Many practices say "Watching
your breath" is meditation, listening to the birds is meditation.
As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the
mind, it is effective meditation.
are so many forms of meditation but it can summerised into four basic
stages; Relaxation, Focus, Meditation and Release.
first and most important aspect of meditation to master is relaxation.
Often we hold tension in the body that we are unaware of. By remaining
still in one position the body very quickly makes it apparent where
these areas of tension are. The difficult part is learning to release
Most meditation starts by choosing any comfortable position, although
rarely lying down, as practicing relaxation lying down often results
in falling asleep. Once you can relax in a position you can start the
next stage, which is practicing relaxation and focus.
is where the many styles of meditation differ, some use focusing on
the breath, others a candle, some visualize particular symbols or even
chanting. This stage is about practicing the discipline of maintaining
focus and at the same time being relaxed.
In some traditions that use the breath, they say when
you can count 100 breaths without distractions from the mind you are
ready for the next stage.
At this stage, the idea that meditation brings
peace and happiness can seem a long way away. It can be like opening
a can of worms. All the repressed stress, emotions and just stuff comes
to the surface.
This is where all the previous training in relaxation and focus comes
into its own. Being able to observe all the things coming out without
getting caught in them. To truly let go of the things the mind has been
torturing us with.
last stage is where you feel lighter, more at ease, more focused and
centered. Free. If this seems appealing, then why not try meditation.
It can be a tremendously powerful tool to change your life.
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