WHAT IS MEDITATION?
An ordinary person may think meditation as a prayer or worship. But it is not just prayer and worship. Some people think meditation as concentration, it is also not. Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. Watching your breath is meditation, listening to the birds can be meditation if it is done with awareness. listening to sound of running water, feeling the cool breeze can be meditation if it is done with awareness.As long as all these activities are free from any other distraction of the mind, it is meditation.
MEDITATION IS NOT A TECHNIQUE BUT WAY OF LIFE
Meditation means state of no thought. When there is no thoughts in your mind, just pure awareness and watchfulness. It is state of pure joy and bliss. It is a state of pure consciousness, when the mind is empty , free of scattered thoughts and various patterns . The Meditator become observer of all activity of the mind. Thoughts may come and go but the observer or a meditator realize that he or she totally detached of the thoughts.
ANYTHING CAN BE MEDITATION, If IT IS DONE WITH AWARENESS
Now meditation is not limited to sitting in a budha posture for long hours, with long face and with no pleasure of doing it. when we mention about meditation it is ,it is commonly understood that it may be some kind spiritual practice where one sits down with eyes closed , or doing some kind of prayer, and empties the mind to attain inner peace. Now meditation is more simple and more enjoyable, walking on the beach can be meditation, seeing sun rise or sun set is meditation, any thing what you do with your total heart can be meditation. Meditation is not seriousness it is playfulness. Any thing that make you more loving, more kind, more compassionate, more alive is meditation. Now some gardener feel so joy in gardening for him gardening is meditation , A musician a playing his music so much feeling joy and bliss in doing it ,it is his meditation and prayer. An artist while creating his art totally forget his mind, very much in to art, as if mind stops , this is his meditation.
Meditation And Our Relationship
From childhood , we have been trained by our school and society how to be good, behave good, to do things, to do things in the external world. No school no society teach us how to look within, how to watch within, how to watch and observe our breath, how to watch our thought within. So when we grow up, we know everything about the outside world, but don't know anything about our self. we remain strangers to ourselves, while trying to get to know others. We know all the world, but we don't know our inner world. When our relationship don't work , we blame other, we tease other, we angry at other, but we never come to realize, that who we are, why I am angry, why I am disappointed, why my relationship does not work, because we have no connection with our self. we have no relationship with our self. we have relationship with all the world, except our self. This is pain and suffering when we don't understand our self, and we are trying to find out all the pleasure in the outer world, not finding the true treasure within our self.
The goal of meditation is to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature—which is described as peace, happiness, and bliss.
When we learn to do meditation, we attain the highest of all joys that can ever be experienced by a human being. All the other joys in the world are momentary, but the joy of meditation is immense and everlasting.
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What is meditation
The Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher Krishnamurti said: "Meditation is a kind of engrossed concentration. It does not seek any psychological security, or any form of satisfaction...but uses a lasting observation to understand the mind. The process...this is meditation!"
Meditation can be roughly divided into concentrated and open practice methods.
The so-called concentration is to focus your thoughts completely on a certain point, which can be your own breath, the center of your eyebrows (third eye), a white wall, a candle, or even a Mantra (ode). The open style is to fully accept all inner feelings, emotions and thoughts, as well as all things in the external environment, but stay in the perspective of an observer, do not dance with internal and external changes, accept everything completely, and observe intently All.
Experiments conducted by Harvard University in the United States have shown that participants who meditate for more than 27 minutes a day for six weeks have an increased density of gray matter in the brain and a closer connection of neurons. These changes can make the participants feel happier than before. , Thinking more clearly, and concentration improved. The benefits of meditation have been supported by a considerable number of research papers in the academic field. It can improve physical and mental health and improve many kinds of civilization diseases caused by modern high-pressure lives. You can easily find relevant information on the Internet.