Defining Meditation

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Defining Meditation

Until recently, the common perception of meditation in the western world was that meditation was a form of worship or prayer. However, this is far from the truth. There are many forms and methods of meditation. Some of these include a spiritual aspect, but certainly not all of them. At its core, meditation is nothing more than awareness. When you perform a task with full attention and awareness, you are meditating. This could be done with a thought, your breath, while walking or running, during yoga, or any other activity. The key is that you are participating with full awareness.

Who Meditates?

A wide variety of people already meditate, and anyone can. Meditation is going through something like the physical exercise revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. A larger body of scientific evidence is demonstrating profound benefits of meditation and the number of people who meditate regularly is increasing at a rapid pace.

People from all walks of life are starting meditative practices and discovering the amazing results that can come out of it. 

Benefits of Meditation

A rapidly increasing body of scientific knowledge is uncovering a myriad of benefits that come from meditation. Some of the benefits of meditation include:

  • Peace of mind
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Reduced stressful feelings
  • Better focus and mental clarity
 
  • Improved relationships with others
  • More self confidence
  • Spiritual development

 

Where and When to Meditate

You can meditate any time and in any place. Most people starting a meditation practice will find it easiest to meditate in a quiet comfortable place. As you gain experience it will become more natural to meditate elsewhere. Start by meditating for just a few minutes at a time. Five or ten minutes is plenty of time start out with. You will naturally know when to being to increasing the time you spend meditating. Usually it is best to meditate in the morning or evening, but you will still realize great benefits with a regular meditation practice at any time of day.

Learning to Meditate

There are many ways to learn to meditate. You can take courses, attend retreats, listen to guided meditations, or read books and articles. One of the fastest and easiest ways to learn to meditate is with Wild Divine and the iom active feedback hardware. When you use the iom and Wild Divine's software products you get instant feedback about how you are doing. When that feedback is available, you learn more and you learn faster.