What is Meditation?
Some may consider meditation as an activity: breathing exercises, concentration, different type of exercises or simply sitting in a calm environment while closing the eyes and listening to soothing music. This does not completely stop the incessant activity of the mind. It is normally very difficult to stop our minds all together.
Meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. It is not the act of doing but the state of awareness. True meditation is the state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert.
Meditation is not...
Focus or Concentration.
Loss of Control.
Here are some reasons why we want to meditate:
- reduce stress
- better quality of life
- mental and physical health and well being
- reducing healthcare costs
Meditation is effortless and leads to a state of 'thoughtless awareness' in which the excessive stress producing activity of the mind is neutralised without reducing alertness and effectiveness.