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What Is Meditation

Many people have a uninformed view of meditation and wonder, “What is meditation and what good can it do me?” While some people may have visions of monks in far off lands sitting together in silence when they think about meditation. Meditation is actually becoming a practice that is quite popular in the Western world among people from all walks of life. If you are not familiar with meditation, you may still be wondering, “What is meditation?” Essentially, the answer to the question is a simple one. Meditation is an approach that anyone can use to help them cope with medical problems, stress, and anxiety by way of thought, contemplation, and reflection.

Meditation encompasses a variety of practices that are somewhat different, while holding to the basic principles of consideration and quiet thought to bring about a state of rumination. Various types of meditation that are recognized include transcendental meditation, prayer, Zen meditation, Taoist meditation, mindfulness meditation, and Buddhist meditation. Some methods of meditation may require the body being absolutely still or to be moved with controlled deliberation, while other types allow for free movement of the body. While the methods are different, the end goal of all types of meditation lead to a mind that is quieted and free from stress by the use of quiet contemplation and reflection.


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Along with the question “What is Meditation,” you may also wonder, “What benefits can be experienced by using meditation regularly?” There are a variety of benefits that have been linked with the regular practice of meditation. Meditation can bring about healing of both the body and the mind by using deliberation of thought and consideration. There are various physical benefits that can be experienced when meditation is made to be a part of daily life. Some physical benefits of meditation include a decrease in blood pressure and an improvement in breathing due to the increase of air flow that gets to the lungs. Those who use meditation regularly also find that their resting heart rate is lower as well, which takes some of the stress off the heart. Chemicals in the body that are associated with stress are lower as well, which leads to less anxiety. Meditation also promotes youthful skin and a youthful appearance.

Meditation is a practice that brings about not only physical benefits, but psychological benefits as well. Bringing oneself to a state of rumination through meditation has amazing effects on the psych of a person. Relaxation and a decrease in stress are rather obvious benefits, but many people do not realize that meditation can also improve moods and memory and decrease moodiness and depression.

Now that you have some answers to the question, “What is meditation,” you may want to go on to experience the benefits of meditation for yourself. Mediation can only improve the life you are living; providing both physical and emotional benefits that will change your life in a positive way.

Where Did Meditation Originate

Where did meditation originate? History shows meditation as being a long standing tradition in main Asian countries, like Japan, China, and India. So, exactly where did meditation originate? Meditation appears to be universal, appearing in cultures all over the world. The differences appear to lie more with the goals, purposes, and styles. Tantric meditation developed by South India tribes between ten and fifteen thousand years ago, was an expression of the desire to understand the conscious mind. When asking the question "Where did meditation originate?", can we answer it with here, this is where mediation originated? Perhaps. It was certainly widespread. Tantric meditation after being further developed seven thousand years ago by the yogi Shiva, became an integral part of Taoism, Buddhism, the Tibetan and Zen varieties and Sufism.

 

Where did Meditation Originate ?

So where did meditation originate? Since the dawn of man, throughout recorded history, there have been fundamental questions that have begged for an answer not readily found, questions about the origins and nature of life, who created life originally? Why is life on Earth, what purpose does it hold? Obviously, these are the questions that have plagued man kind since its conception with no clear satisfactory answer. In an effort to extinguish the curiosity that drives us as humans to ask this question, two approaches were developed to allow all angles of possible answers to these questions to be explored. One approach delved into the world around us, discovering and finding various happenings with nature, this approach developed into Science. The other approach looked at the questions of the purpose of man, the creation of the universe and the existence of a creator from an internal perspective. This perhaps is a better answer to the question where did meditation originate? Meditation serves the same purpose no matter the philosophy or religious practice, methodology or ritual. That purpose is to delve into the hidden parts of our minds, conscience and unconscious, to find answers to the questions revolving around the meaning of life and the purpose of existence. By clearing the mind and learning to understand the complexity of ourselves, we can begin to understand the purpose for which we were created. Nothing can better explain the purpose and origin of meditation than it is an act of self-discovery and awareness. It brings forth not only knowledge of one’s self but of the nature of the world that we live in. Where did meditation originate? It originated from the desire of man to answer the all important question of Why?

In these modern days, we have forgotten the origins of meditation and forgotten its purpose and have become lost in the single approach of life. Meditation may not just be something for gaining the meaning of life but also for learning about our true selves that we sometimes lose sight of in the hustle and bustle of modern life and the very fascinating and more understandable world of science rather than the uncharitable mysteries of the mind.

Mediplex Resource Team