What Is Meditation?

What Is Meditation? According to Wikipedia Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.

What is meditation

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices (much like the term sports) that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.

A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration single-pointed analysis, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs.

Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way.

What Is Meditation Used For?

Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of the training.

Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term “meditation” can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state.

Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and close the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.” In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.

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What Is Vedic Meditation

The technique which we call Vedic Meditation is as old as human-kind.’ It exists in many religious and mystical traditions throughout the world. Some people and organisations claim to have exclusive knowledge and right to the technique.

However, it is discussed in medieval terms in a 14th century English book of devotion, “The Cloud of Unknowing“. It is also described in the “Sefer Yetzirah“, a third century Hebrew book first translated into English in 1877. It is known to be part of the verbal-traditions of certain Muslim and Christian mystical orders. It was known among the monks of at least one of the Hindu religious orders.

I teach this technique in its simplest form, without involvement in any particular religious or philosophical dogma.

If you think that you are ready to learn how to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380