What is Meditation?

Meditation is a concentration exercise with the aim of gaining insight and strengthening the mind.

All kinds of ways to meditate have been described: for example, a person can concentrate on their own breathing, on a certain object, or on the singing of mattresses, words or sounds that are constantly being repeated.

Perhaps you have already tried to sit still for fifteen minutes, in a cross-legged position, and then try to let go of your thoughts. You may think that it is not for you, because you are unable to become silent and have no thoughts. That is a common mistake in meditation. Think that you have to be quiet. But thoughts come and go. We have a “monkey brain” in which our thoughts fly back and forth like a monkey on a tree.

The art of meditating is to learn to see this. See that your mind wanders, find that okay, and bring your concentration back to your point of attention. This can be, for example, breathing, a flame of a candle, a point on the wall, a mantra, etc.

There are many different forms of meditation. The best known forms are:

  • concentration of meditation – attention to a single object
  • breathing meditation – in different traditions focus on breathing returns. Among others in Tantra, Buddhism
  • Mantra meditation – repeating sounds (eg AUM) or prayers
  • Vipassana meditation – after the teachings of Buddha
  • Mindfulness – comes from Zen Buddhism, it is about the psychological process of bringing to the attention experiences that occur in the present moment

In addition, yoga often uses guided meditations. Hereby a meditation text is carried through which you relax slowly. This is an easy way to get acquainted with meditation.

Some benefits of meditating

  • Preventing depression
  • More emotional balance
  • Develop compassion
  • Stronger immune system
  • Sleep better
  • More peace in your head
  • Decreased fright response
  • Reduced fear
  • lower cortisol level
  • lower blood pressure
  • grow old less quickly
  • better concentration

 

 

 

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