Meditation has been practiced for over 5,000 years and spans a wide variety of spiritual practices which are based on mental activity. Meditation can be used for personal development, to focus the mind on a specific subject or to achieve peace. Definitions of meditation are many. Some examples are:
- Meditation describes a state of concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness involving turning the attention inward to the mind itself.
- Meditation is a private religious devotion or mental exercise, in which techniques of concentration and contemplation are used to reach a heightened level of spiritual awareness.
- Meditation is synonymous with: contemplation, thought, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, deliberation, rumination, brooding, mulling over, reverie, brown study, concentration.
- Meditation is the emptying or concentration of mind; the emptying of the mind of thoughts, or the concentration of the mind on one thing, in order to aid mental or spiritual development, contemplation, or relaxation.
- Meditation is the act of pondering of something: the act of thinking about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for some time.
- Meditation is a religious discipline in which the mind is focused on a single point of reference. It may be a means of invoking divine grace, the contemplation of a spiritual theme, question, or problem; or it may be a means of attaining conscious union with the divine through visualization of a deity or inward repetition of a prayer or mantra (sacred sound).
- Meditation is the act of thinking deeply and at length and generally consists of exercises intended to create a state of peace and relaxation, heightened awareness, or spiritual purification.
Meditation practice has existed in all religions since ancient times and has a wide and varied history and literature. There must be millions of schools where meditation is taught.
There are two main types of meditation which could be called “Just Sitting”, which is without thoughts, and “Contemplating” which involves analysis of thoughts. We use the terms, Calm Abiding and Clear Insight.
Meditation has to be done, not talked about and it involves patiently and diligently training the mind.
- Meditation has to be done.
- Patiently and diligently training the mind.