Meditation – a word that is heard more nowadays can be found in our verses, in our old texts and in our religion and practised since centuries especially in the Eastern Civilisations. People have begun to appreciate the presence of Meditation techniques in daily life, in schools and in corporates.
What is Meditation? Lets read about Meditations according to different definition & traditions
In Wikipedia when you look up at the word “Meditation” it says ‘Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique of focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state’. The term meditation was introduced as a translation for Eastern spiritual practices, referred to as dhyāna in Hinduism and Buddhism and which comes from the Sanskrit root dhyai, meaning to contemplate or meditate.
In many religions, meditation has a different meaning and flavour.
Buddhist meditation refers to the meditative practices associated with the religion and philosophy of Buddhism. Buddhists pursue meditation as part of the path toward awakening and nirvana.
In Taoism, techniques for meditation including concentration, visualisation, qi cultivation, contemplation, and mindfulness have been developed in its long history.
In Judaism, Classical Jewish texts espouse a wide range of meditative practices, often associated with the cultivation of kavanah or intention
In Christianity, meditation is a term for a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to get in touch with and deliberately reflect upon the revelations of God.
Dhikr, meaning remembering and mentioning God, is interpreted in different meditative techniques in Sufism or Islamic mysticism. Sufism uses a meditative procedure like Buddhist concentration, involving high-intensity and sharply focused introspection.
What is NOT meditation?
- Any kind of focus or Concentration cannot be termed as Meditation
- Connecting with medium
- Relaxation & leisure activities
- Religious Rituals that are mechanical and automatic
- Sports or exercises
What is Meditation?
- Meditation is a State of bliss
- Meditation leads you to an Inner Silence
- Meditation is Non-duality of mind
- Meditation is an Expansion of consciousness
- Meditation is bringing your energies inwards
There are different Meditation Techniques that can help you reach to this Meditative depth. They can be categorised as:
- Active Meditations : Active meditation is a style that advocates movement followed by silence.
- Passive Meditations : Passive meditation is any type of meditation that simply follows the breath (or any other object of meditation) as is without interfering with the object. There is very less or zero body movement involved.
- Self Hypnosis : Self-Hypnosis in Meditation is used to deepen the practice of meditation and change any self-limiting behaviour and habits by using affirmations or statements to bring change and relax the mind
- Emotional Release : Emotional Release in Meditation involves releasing and overcoming stuck emotions like anger, sadness, guilt, and hurt within both the mind and the body using different techniques.
- Healing Arts like chi kung : Chi-kung or Qigong practice is from a Chinese origin that typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind.
What are the signs that you are doing the right kind of meditation?
- You are more happier
- Your life is better
- Relationship improves
- You are not a part of any cult
- You did not sign up to pay big donation or membership
- Your meditation teacher or group are exemplary of what they are practicing or teaching
Ultimately, your meditation practice should make your life better; happier & healthier.
Finally, anything can be a meditation if you are totally aware & present during the process; like swimming, dancing or singing. But just this activity alone is not considered as meditation if one does it with a mechanical attitude. Only once you master the way to enter in meditation, you can say drinking or eating or walking is meditation for you, like Zen Monks. But in the beginning, once may start by practicing simple methods or join a nearby meditation centre or download any app from the Internet. And once you start your journey, you will see the effects yourself & possibly other people around you may also notice a positive change in you.