The growing interest in the benefits of meditation and mindfulness shows that it is no longer a subject we laugh about. Crossing legs, placing the hands up and sometimes chanting Om does not seem strange anymore when someone talks about meditating.
The word meditation has a common etymological root in Latin, meditari, to think over, to reflect, and in Greek, medesthai , to think about, and in Sanskrit , mediur , to judge, to estimate.
From Eastern philosophies to Western practices, the word refers to a personal introspection; it is a direct experience that commands self-reflection and soul balance.
Meditation until recently had long been considered the habit of trained practitioners more or less versed into some sort of Eastern traditions or New Age practices.
Meditation is part of a true cultural, sociological and medical revolution happening right now.
Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness: What is it?
The act of meditating is to place yourself in a calm and detached state of awareness that allows you to forget your immediate surroundings. As you progress into the depth of your detachment, you become less aware of the outside and more mindful of your inner voice and the universe. As you increasingly shut down outside stimuli, you open up to receive unaltered, non-judgmental information from the universe.
Ultimately you become one with the universe in a constant flow of chi, or as Wiki describes it, the active principle forming part of any living thing.
Meditation has been used for thousands of years by Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist practitioners as a way to connect with one another and feel ultimate compassion for all sentient beings. Yet there are no real rules in practicing meditation.
Prayers practiced in different religious traditions are a form of meditation. Prayer can bring the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Self-introspection is meditation. the repetition of mantra or verses can calm the mind. Calming or stilling the mind, making it silent, is what meditation is all about.
Today, meditation is taught and practiced in retirement homes, hospitals, certain schools. The benefits of meditation and mindfulness are now being found in prisons. It is a way to become mindful of one true self and of the others.
Meditation as a way to place oneself in the in the consciousness of another is a way to create an understanding of our fellow sentient beings: This can lead to true compassion and humanity.
Whether you practice meditation at home, at work, in a church, in a temple or in nature, it is an efficacious tool to a better mental health. It heals many hearts and souls.
Not only meditation is a useful tool for mental health, it is also used as a preparation for mediumship work, spiritual sight and CRV (Controlled Remote Viewing).
Many meditation practitioners use the altered states of consciousness they reach to try and communicate with deceased loved one or love pets.
Meditation is the foundation for any consciousness exploration.
Many different forms of meditation exist.
You may prefer listening to a soothing music and let yourself go gently into deep relaxation. You can allow yourself to experience a guided meditation that takes you, step by step, deeper into an altered state of consciousness. There is no unique path to meditation. If your path is to be sitting by a tree listening to the soothing sounds of nature, then by all means use this technique. If you prefer the repetitive chanting sound of a mantra or a prayer, that too works. What works for you is the best way!