Meditation: What is it?
August 24, 2016
What is Meditation?
Historically, meditation has been used as a means to spiritual growth and consciousness-raising, the way one becomes enlightened.
In the West, we are more often to use meditation for the purpose of stress management and improvement of health or performance.
No matter what the reason for meditation the goals are the same: to improve voluntary control over our thoughts and mental processes, which results in greater relaxation, calmness and concentration.
So, I'm interested: How do I Meditate?
There are so many ways to meditate, but for the purposes of improving mental focus and stress management, Mindfulness meditation is the most useful for practicality and convenience.
Mndfulness is defined as bringing one's complete attention to the present experience on a moment to moment basis.
1) A distraction free environment - this doesn't mean silent or solitary (wouldn't that be nice). One where interruptions will not occur.
2) Engagement in diaphragmatic breathing (hunh? what is that?). I'll explain this tomorrow.
3) The bringing of attention to a single object - breathing, relaxing of muscle tension, a phrase or a visual onject - more on this in a couple of days.