Discover the Joys of Meditation to Achieve Peace and Calmness

Chapter 1: Understanding Meditation

As I am a great follower of the thought that one should accept the valuable thing wherever he finds it, I have tried to use the same approach in this e-Course. I have compiled this course with great zeal by assembling the thoughts and researchers of different scholars and writers. So, when you read this course, you will see different perspectives of different people regarding meditation.


Whether or not we are aware of it, people are involved in practicing meditation for a longer period of time. Meditation is basically the process of bringing peace and calmness in life, but most of the people have misconceptions about the procedures of meditation. Meditation doesn’t mean that you will have to sit for 4 to 5 hours, compromising other essential everyday jobs. So, I hope that this book will help you in breaking some of the odd misconceptions regarding meditation. If you are able to break your misconceptions through this course, you will be able to get full advantage from different techniques of meditation.


Many of you may not be aware of this and we are actually involved in meditation in one way or another.
So, I welcome you all to the surprising world of Meditation, and I hope that you will find it significance reading.


People often practice Meditation in their lives, consciously or unconsciously. It has been observed that Meditation carries the different meaning for different people. Meditation as a mind power tends to concentrate on one thing to accomplish certain goals.


In this chapter, we will learn

  •  Definitions of Meditation
  •  Origin of Meditation
  •  Historical Perspectives of Meditation

The Basics


 Definitions of Meditation Overview


I have already discussed that meditation is a subjective thing. There are various definitions and explanations of Meditation. People use different techniques to achieve different goals through Meditation. History remains unable to locate the person, who first started Meditation to attain self-integrity and peace of mind. I will start a chapter with the definitions of Meditations.


Word’s History


The word “Meditation” roots back to a Latin word “Meditation”. The word “Meditation” means to think, to think about something or to consider something. Later, people started using this word with reference to spiritual practices followed by the Eastern world. Buddhists use word “dhyana” which is equivalent to meditation. Meditation is basically the word, which is used in modern English. Previously, it was used with different names. Now, it has been confirmed that meditation is equivalent to the Christian term “Contemplation” in its meaning and perspectives.


Various Definitions of Meditation


There is not any single definition of meditation. Several personalities have elaborated the meanings of meditation with their own perspectives.


We will look at some widely used definitions of meditation: 


 Some scholars define meditation as steady thought and consideration. This is the most basic and quite open definition of meditation. This definition presents only one thing that one has to think about something, but this definition does not tell on which object one should concentrate? Usually, teachers ask students to concentrate on their studies. Is it really meditation?


 According to also limits the meaning of meditation by connecting it to only religious thoughts. Other thoughts and ideas are discarded in this way.


 Meditation is a process of continuously thinking upon a specific idea, verse or object. This concentration is equivalent to the process in which cattle chews cud endlessly.


 Some definitions consider daydreaming as meditation, but there is much controversy exists in taking it as meditation. Daydreaming cannot be called as meditation because it is usually a conscious process.


Moreover, it does not give the same spiritual and healing effects which are attached with meditation. Overall, meditation is an internal practice of a person which takes several forms. It mainly changes the mind of an individual, which brings peace to the mind and gives relief from mental stresses.


Origin of Meditation


Finding the origin of meditation may be quite difficult. Meditation is deep rooted in Asia, and countries like China, India and Japan are practicing it for thousands of years. Tribes in South India had developed Tantric Meditation about 15 thousand years back. Tantric meditation was in common use those days. So, we can put forward that concept of meditation emerged from Asia and took various forms in all over the world. Other views about the origin of meditation claim that it originated from the human being’s curiosity for the purpose of men, purpose of the universe and to find God by looking inside the self to realize the nature and its existence.


Historical Perspectives of Meditation All historians have consensus over the points that, meditation has evolved during unknown ancient times and that; it was not practiced in such a way in which it is practiced today. Taoists started practicing meditation during 500 to 600 BC. Buddhists also started using meditation in the same era. In history, Buddha is one of the greatest promoters of meditation. He was the one to teach meditation in Asia during 500 BC.


Buddha has introduced the basic forms of meditation, and all the world adapted and transformed these meditation techniques according to their needs and purposes.


An important point to note here is that Eastern countries were the origin of meditation and getting relief through various meditation techniques. West had adapted this culture from East. During 20th century, Western researchers conducted researches on meditation and came to know about its physical and psychological benefits. Since then, they are using meditation as a wide spread practice in their culture. Western population widely practiced meditation for peace of mind and to get relief from daily life stresses. Nowadays, a downfall has been observed in practices of meditation, and reason is a lack of time.

 

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