What is meditation?
What is Meditation?
This article will help you understand what is meditation in a fairly simple manner.
In a simple form, meditation means being aware of whatever you are doing at the present moment. Watching your breath is a meditation, listening to the sounds of nature is a meditation, or even walking down the street with full awareness is also a meditation.
Meditation is a way of life to observe things without being judgmental or worried about them. Any activity which is free from other distractions to the mind is an effective meditation.
A meditator or observer, after developing a certain level of awareness, enters into a state of consciousness which is free of scattered thought patterns. Meditation is an approach to turn your attention inward.
Meditation teaches your mind how to access the most essential qualities of life from within you such as love, compassion, kindness, inner peace and joy etc.
Meditation may be a spiritual practice, but may not necessarily be a prayer or religious act.
Just like how the physical exercise works to keep your body fit, similarly meditation works to keep your mind fit.
“Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being.” ~S. Rinpoche
“Meditation is like giving a hug to ourselves, getting in touch with that awesome reality in us. While meditating we feel a deep sense of intimacy with God, a love that is inexplicable.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda
Just give it a thought – Whatever you are experiencing is by your mind and without this, you are just a machine. Say for example – all the knowledge you gain, all the memories you preserve, your feelings of love, joys, emotions, anger, sorrows, and artistic abilities etc. everything!
Just think for a moment and ask yourself – how much time do you actually devote to know and to understand your mind? This is where meditation helps you. It helps you turn your focus from the external world to your inner self. It reconnects you with your true identity. It helps you befriend your mind and train it to be aware, calm, and relaxed.
To learn how to set up a daily meditation practice effortlessly, I highly recommend you check out Master Your Mind – Beginner Meditation.