Saturday, July 18, 2015

WHAT IS MEDITATION?



Basically, meditation can be defined as self-induced change of mentality in order to raise awareness or emotional well-being. However, narrow definitions vary according to the beliefs that surround them.

Beliefs are different between different people, so the understanding and practice of meditation also vary greatly. Some commonly known types of meditation tend to have a heritage of Eastern religions, but there are aspects of it in many Western beliefs.

 By using ritual chants and repetitive movements an altered state of consciousness was achieved and it was beleived the gods would sooth the dead. Usually, gifts and sacrifices were offered to the gods. Obviously these spiritual rituals were beneficial to the people who practiced them.

In eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism meditation is defined as a means of achieving a higher state of spiritual growth and goodness. Meditation in English is “to consider, to think, grow, reflect,” comes from the Latin “meditari”.

In eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism meditation is defined as a means of achieving a higher state of spiritual growth and goodness. Meditation in English is “to consider, to think, grow, reflect,” comes from the Latin “meditari”.

The original Western Christian meditation is only one aspect of worship, reading, contains reflection, prayer and contemplation. Although a deep tranquility and concentration was induced, there is no repeating of words or phrases and contains no postures or rituals.

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