What is Meditation?
The dictionary defines meditation as “continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.”
So what does this mean in real life? Just what is this thing called meditation? Often we get overwhelmed in the course of our daily life. This can lead to stress and tensions that can ultimately affect our health. Using meditation on a regular basis gives our mind a chance to quiet itself and adjust to the stresses and strains that are part and parcel of our modern daily life.
Usually, people meditate in a quiet space, free from distraction. There are many different methods of meditating, which we will cover later, but they all lead to the same place. Meditation itself is simply the process of quieting our mind. Gradually, your mind becomes calmer. The “chatter” that’s often there becomes less. And you start to move mentally to a more tranquil place.
Sometimes meditation is described as reaching a higher state of consciousness. This can come about because our mind is less cluttered and therefore we start to notice things that would ordinarily pass us by. For instance, whilst meditating we may tune in more to the sounds around us, whether they are the urban sounds of traffic and people talking or more rural sounds such as bird song or the running water of a stream.
Oftentimes by concentrating on these sounds we can go deeper into a meditative state.
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