Meditation is a practice that is performed in different cultures all over the world. However it is most identified with India and the two religions that originated there Hinduism and Buddhism. Meditation is a religious practice used mainly for attaining enlightenment. In order to gain a better understanding of meditation we have to look deeper to its aims and origins
What is Meditation? – Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind. The object of this focusing can be a lot of different things. It can be an object that you can stare at, a sound that you can listen to over and over, an idea that you can turn over and over in your head. Some practices even use nothingness ad the object of meditation. Using this meditation, that means that we are performing some form of meditation on an everyday basis. During a hot summer day when we are so thirsty that we can not think of anything else except for an ice cold glass of water then we are meditating. We are focusing our minds on that glass of water and therefore meditating on it.
The important thing about meditation is to pick the right thing to focus your mind on. There are a lot of recommendations for this from the regular practitioners.
What Is The Aim of Meditation? – So that’s what meditation is, the focusing of the mind but for what purpose? As we have mentioned meditation is religious in its origins so don’t be surprised that its aims are of the same vein. Hindus and Buddhists believe that the goal of life is attain enlightenment and the best way to achieve that is through the practice of meditation. Some yogic practitioners perform meditation in order to gather enough psychic or spiritual energy to allow the soul to shoot through the body and attain enlightenment and be in union with the Supreme Being or the White Light. Some of these practitioners can sit still for long periods of time without the slightest sign of any movement. They are so into the practice of meditation.
Modern Aims- If the religious or spiritual aims of meditation are not in your avenue then you should be aware that it is fast gaining popularity today because of more modern aims. It is used by a lot of people in order to relieve them of the stress that they feel. It can also be useful in clearing our mind from all the clutter that gets there allowing us to see the bigger picture more clearly.
How Does Meditation Look Like?– We have a common picture that comes to our mind when we hear the word meditation. That is of a person sitting cross legged in the lotus pose, with eyes closed and hands formed in the sign of union. While that kind of posture can be used for effective meditation that is not the only one. In fact any sitting position is acceptable as long you can hold it for a long time without any discomfort.