What is Meditation?

What is Meditation?

Meditation is quite popular these days and many people want to try their hand at it. Whether you choose your home, out in nature or a Holy place, it is always a good idea to meditate.

In the simplest sense we can say meditation is best described as the act of seeking peace. Scholars have noted that the term ‘meditation’ is parallel to the term “contemplation” in Christianity, which means to look at or view with continued attention or to observe or study thoughtfully.

Being thoughtful is a great practice and can help your meditation grow, in both strength and fortitude. When we think about improving ourselves, along with the welfare of others, it opens the door to positive experience and encourages us to meditate regularly.

What is Meditation?

When we wonder what meditation is we can start by seeing how it is defined.

One definition states that Meditation is focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. That sounds alright and there’s nothing wrong with feeling clear and calm.

Another deeper definition says meditation is a simple, somewhat effortless process where you connect with the silence and peace within yourself, directing the attention inward instead of engaging in the outside world of activity. This helps you connect with a deeper level of yourself, seeking the stillness within, and gradually beginning to live from a place of steadiness and inner peace.

Sometimes we could say that meditation is a simple technique which allows the body to experience a profound state of rest while the mind becomes quiet and alert. Deep-rooted stresses can be released in a completely natural way, benefiting all aspects of health and well-being.

Places to Meditate

I would first begin by saying that any place is good for meditation. Meditation is free, and you can take it anywhere.

Ultimately it is about going within, to the place inside where we experience the goings on of ourselves. This is the key to meditation and gives us the best chance of tuning in and finding peace. It is possible to find ‘peace like a river.’

The whole journey is about tuning in, so the place you meditate is really up to you. You need to experiment and see for yourself what works best for you, see if you get more meditative in a dark room inside or do you prefer the beautiful open sky outdoors.

Whichever place you choose it’s best to be sure you like it and that it aids you in meditating. You may choose more than one place for your daily meditation practice.

Tips on choosing a place

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you choose your place of meditation.

=> Be sure that the place is not too noisy so you are not disturbed by outside noises.

=> Be sure that the place is tidy (neat, clean and organized)

=> It’s best to use the same place all the time, so you get used to it and can mentally associate the place with meditation. Then, when you enter the room, your mind will start to go into meditation mode and you will have a good start for a positive meditation.

=> Many people prefer to meditate with their eyes closed or in the dark. If your place has dark curtains then that would aid you in creating a dark, peaceful place.

Outdoor Places to Meditate

For most meditators there is always some thought of going outdoors to a beautiful place and meditate. We are forever searching for the perfect place to commune with nature and also enjoy meditation.

Some great outdoor places are:

Mountains – These are super places to go to for meditation and be with nature. The light, earth and fresh air are enough to turn anyone into a nature mountain lover. The setting around a mountain is so grand that the size can humble us when we are compared to such might. And even if you don’t go all the way up the mountain they make a good focus as the object of meditation, whether near or from afar.

Rivers – It’s always good to spend some time by a river, just sitting or even going for a swim. The fresh flowing water is so peaceful and the sound can turn you instantly toward meditation, so just allow your thoughts to flow. Whether it’s a river or a fountain the sound of the rushing water is magical and encourages us to meditate.

Gardens –The beauty and peace of a garden are enough to make anyone happy. The fresh grass, flowers and trees are the perfect setting for turning within and forgetting our troubles and woes. Usually it is quite still so you can breathe peacefully and really ‘get your OM on’ while sitting in a garden. If you go with someone else it’s fun to have a picnic.

Holy places –Whether it’s a church, temple or famous monument the vibration of Holy places might be the best setting for meditation. These places are used by many to reflect and go within so the entire setting would encourage us to be part of the place and find peace there. Sometimes they burn incense there and if you want you can bring offerings to put on the altar.

Benefits of Meditation

People love to meditate and the main reasons are for finding peace and calm, but it doesn’t stop there.

Additional Benefits:

  • Relieve headaches
  • Keep colds away
  • Boost memory
  • Stress less
  • Be nicer
  • Build better relationships
  • Improve thoughts and feelings
  • Better your life

With so many benefits you really want to jump right in and do meditation now. And the benefits just keep getting better with continued practice, just ask seasoned meditators.

Remember we say that ultimately you have to go within when you meditate, and this includes turning your outward flowing energy (via your senses) inwards. With regular practice and having a goal you will be on the right track for personal growth and self improvement so keep the desire for meditation alive within you.

3 Tips on Meditation:

=> Meditating for 10 minutes a day is infinitely better than meditating for 70 minutes once a week.

=> Be easy on yourself when your mind wanders, it is not the end of the world so remember your goal and return to your meditation.

=> While it’s preferred to meditate in a quiet place, Meditation can happen in motion. Anytime, anywhere, anyone can meditate.

Possible places to meditate:

  • in a car
  • on the subway
  • on a plane or airport
  • in a tree
  • at a rock concert

Meditation is good for stress relief and escaping anxiety but if you have any issues that need doctors care then be sure to get the help you need medically. Meditation is great and a real plus but doctors matters have their own place.

Conclusion

We see the benefits of meditation and the different definitions people assign to it, all pointing in a positive direction. Whether you are big, fat, skinny or small, young, old or somewhere in between, meditation is available for you and can work for your benefit.

So find your place to meditate and get ready for a good time. The path within is the best path and offers us joy, peace and relief when we are ready for it or even in dire need. We should build a meditation practice that stands the test of time!


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