What is Meditation?

An insightful look from a reflective mind

 

Meditation!  That word can send people running for the hills. But for those who take a moment to look past the hype and discern the meaning for themselves, meditation is a powerful tool for transformation.

 

The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditatio which means to think, to ponder.

The Webster definition of meditation is:

  1. To engage in contemplation or reflection.
  2. To engage in mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.

 

My definition of meditation is:

To train the mind for the purpose of harmonizing the mind, body, and spirit.

 

There is a lot of information on the subject of meditation.  Just Google the word and you will find a few days’ worth of reading material. Rightly so, since meditation has become a 1 billion dollar a year industry. 1 billion dollars! Yes, really! J

What is all the fuss about it then?

It is Simple.

People are looking for a better way of living. Would you spare 5 minutes of your day to meditate if you could get:

Less stress

Better sleep

Better sex

Better health

A relationship with yourself that would bring you all that you desire in life 

 

Maybe?

Wait. What do you mean, maybe? While more people are realizing the benefits of meditation, there is still people that are afraid of meditation or say “they” can’t meditate. Everyone can meditate!

Why are people not meditating if it were that simple?

Mainly because they do not have a clear understanding of meditation.

Many people think of meditation as a religious practice and my personal favorite reason is “I can’t meditate.” Yes, you can and most people do meditate without even realizing it.  Have you ever been so engrossed in a game on your phone that time just skipped away? It went from just a few minutes to holy crap… there goes an hour!  That is a form of mediation.  

Every person can meditate. All you need is a simple tool to practice it correctly.

Meditation comes in many forms. Finding the best form of meditation goes a long way to help you build a solid foundation for personal, professional and spiritual growth. Some of the most powerful forms of meditation are described below:

 

Guided Meditation:

Listening to a person speaking or to a recording while visualizing a setting that promotes the desired outcome. An example would be picturing yourself walking along a beautiful beach relaxing.  Or a person preparing to give a presentation, visualizing themselves giving a successful presentation.

 

Mindfulness 

Focusing your conscious attention on your breathing. Usually achieved by counting your breath.  Also used in combination with guided meditation.

 

Deep breathing
taking a full and deep breath, allowing your lungs to expand which causes your stomach to rise and fall.  Watch a baby sleeping. The baby subconsciously is practicing deep breathing. Yes! We were all given this gift at birth. Why not train ourselves to breathe deeply in our adulthood as well?

 

There are many other forms of meditation. The three listed here are the easiest to start with, from my experience. 

 

I would like to leave you with this thought to “PONDER”

Meditation, like anything else worthwhile, takes practice. The benefits that you get even out of 5 minutes of daily meditation will have a phenomenal impact on your life.  What are you waiting for?

 

Bright blessings to you!

 

 

Mike