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Meditation: Origin, Practice and Benefits

Updated on January 16, 2017
Meditation
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This article discusses about the definition, origin and different aspects of meditation, it's individual and social benefits, non-religious views on meditation and related issues. It also includes some quotes on meditation by famous personalities and many useful tips and know how for those who want to meditate. To help the readers, I have added a video clip.

What is Meditation?

Definition of Meditation

There are different definitions of meditations, depending on the religions and groups of people practicing it. Although meditation has nothing to do with God and religion, many people practice it as a religious ritual. Meditation generally is practiced by theists to go closer to God and for getting other benefits, while people belonging to Atheists religions and others practice it to get the benefits that meditating offers.

Some people mix prayers or chanting the name of God with meditation, but such things are not called as meditation.

Then what is meditation?

Meditation is silencing your mind by keeping all the thoughts away from it. Any activity done with awareness is known as meditation. In other words, meditation is staying in present movement and keeping our mind away from thinking about past or future, and also thinking about 'other' persons and things. As we know, our mind is restless and always think about past, future and many useless things.

You can meditate while working, studying, watching, listening or any other activity. You do not need a specific pose of your body to meditate, you can do it while walking, sitting, sleeping, working etc.

In simple words, meditation is being alert about our present actions including thoughts, feeling and emotions. Remember that meditation is not concerned about the actions and activities, but awareness and alertness of our mind. It is not a goal to achieve. Also remember that meditation is not concentrating of mind. Nor it is thinking about God or Praying to God.

Pure meditation is related to self consciousness.

Meditation Posture

A Meditation Posture
A Meditation Posture | Source

The Origin of Meditation

The origin of meditation can be traced to ancient Indus Valley Civilization which was prevalent in present day Pakistan and Western India 5000 years ago. The archeologists have found many clay seals at various sites of this civilization with images of persons in meditating poses. It suggests that there were ascetics in Indus valley civilization who were practicing meditation. Later, this practice was spread all over south Asia, as well as in Tibet mainly through the religious traditions like Jainism, Bon Po, Buddhism, Ajivak, Shaivism etc. Practicing meditation was a must thing for ascetics of all these religions. This fact is well preserved in the literature, art and architecture related to various ancient religions of South Asia.

Benefits of Meditation

There are many spiritual and worldly benefits of practicing meditation. The foremost benefit is that we learn to control your mind and keep away yourself from anger, hate, anxiety, greed and a wide range of all such wrong things. We learn to avoid reacting quickly, and reacting without thinking. Our mind stops to irritate by small things. We get peace of mind.

By practicing meditation, we learn to detach ourselves from worldly things, and start to live in simplicity.

By practicing mediation, we learn to take all our day to day decisions carefully, which helps us to be successful.

Meditation helps us to reduce stress and anxiety. On health side, most of the health problems related to stress are automatically cured.

On social side, meditation can help a lot to solve many problems, as society is made out of individuals, and if individuals start to practice meditation, the society will automatically get benefited.

How to Meditate?

There are different ways of meditation depending on the traditions. I suggest you to avoid meditating in the way which is promoted by any religious tradition, as I have experienced that joining any religious tradition can not show you the true path of pure meditation.

Please watch following video clips for getting thorough idea of meditating. But ultimately, you have to choose you own way to meditate.

Meditation Quotes

Dalai Lama, the renowned Buddhist monk says, "Sleep is the Best Meditation"

Osho, the great spiritualist of 20th century said, "To be alone and to be drunk with your own aloneness is what meditation is all about"

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” -Voltaire

"Only one thing is going to remain with you: that is your witnessing, that is your watchfulness. This watchfulness is meditation" -Osho

Video: How to Meditate

Sleep Meditation

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    Linda Crampton 

    4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Meditation has interested me for some time. Thank you for the information and tips, jainismus.

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    An interesting hub on Meditation a way to go indeed to find the greater benefits of life.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    4 years ago

    Meditation is so very useful in finding peace and leads to deeper understanding of life. I use it in the mornings after reading scripture and also as a way to relax.

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    Eric Dierker 

    4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    It always seemed to me that hunters were probably the first meditators. To lay in wait for the prey.

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 

    4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

    Very interesting! I've always wanted to find out more about meditation, I've tried a few videos but for me, the hardest part is focusing and clearing the mind of all that clutter. Thank you for sharing I'll be back to check out the videos.

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    Lori Phillips 

    4 years ago from Southern California USA

    I needed this today. Thank you very much.

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