What is Meditation? What is Thoughtless Awareness?


                       Meditation

                                                Meditation is the state of “thoughtless awareness”.


Buddha statue Buddha taught many different types of Meditation
Buddha Statue

                   The Buddha taught many different types of meditation, each designed to encourage and develop concentration, inner peace, calmness, clarity and emotional positivity to overcome a particular problem. The main purpose behind all kinds of meditation is to reach at the state of mind that is 'Thoughtless Awareness'.

                   Thoughtless Awareness is the state where your attention is not focused on any particular object, but reposes on itself - steady, quiet and empty. This state of mind is called as "Meditation".

                   Meditation means transforming the mind. Many people think meditation means a concentration on particular object, but its not. Concentration is the only first step in meditation, then you reach at the new state of mind, that state called as "Meditation" i.e. "Thoughtless Awareness".


                   An ordinary person may consider meditation as a worship or prayer. Be that as it may, it is not so. Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. "Watching your breath" is meditation, listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is compelling meditation.

                  Meditation is not a technique however a way of life. Meditation means 'a cessation of the manner of thinking's . It portrays a state of consciousness, when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and various patterns . The spectator (one who is doing meditation) realizes that all the activity of the mind is decreased to one. A Tibetan Lama was being monitored on a brain scan machine by a scientist wishing to test physiological functions during deep meditation. The scientist said - "Very good Sir. The machine shows that you are able to go very deep in brain relaxation, and that validates your meditation". "No", said the Lama, "This (pointing to his brain) validates the machine!".

                  These days it is commonly understood to mean some form of spiritual practice where one sits down with eyes shut and purges the mind to attain inner peace, relaxation or even an experience of God.

                  The word meditation, is derived from two Latin words : meditari(to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). Its Sanskrit derivation 'medha' means wisdom.

                  Many years ago meditation was considered something just not meant for present day individuals, however now it has turned out to be very popular with all kinds of individuals. Published scientific and medical evidence has demonstrated its benefits, yet despite everything it should be much understood.

                  Traditionally, the classical yoga writings, depict that to attain genuine states of meditation one must go through several stages. After the necessary preparation of personal and social code, physical position, breath control, and relaxation come the more advanced stages of concentration, contemplation, and then ultimately absorption. In any case, that does not mean that one must ideal any one stage before moving onto the following. The Integral yoga approach is simultaneous application of a tad bit of all stages together.

                  Commonly today, individuals can mean any one of these stages when they allude to the term meditation. A few schools only teach concentration procedures, some relaxation, and others teach free form contemplative activities like simply sitting and awaiting absorption. Some call it meditation without giving assurance to yoga for fear of being branded 'eastern'. In any case, yoga is not something eastern or western as it is universal in its approach and application.


                  With regular practice of a balanced arrangement of strategies, the vitality of the body and mind can be liberated and the quality of consciousness can be expanded. This is not a subjective claim however is now being investigated by the scientists and being appeared by an empirical fact.

                  Meditation isn't about becoming an different person, another person, or even a superior or better person. It's about training in awareness and getting a healthy feeling of point of view. You're not trying to stop your thoughts or feelings. You're learning to watch them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.

                  Learning to meditate is like learning any other skill or expertise. Think of it like exercising a muscle that you've never really worked out. It takes consistent practice to get comfortable. And it's usually easier if you have a master or teacher. There's no such thing as perfect meditation. Sometimes your concentration will wander or you'll forget to follow your breath. That's OK. It's part of the experience. What's most important is to meditate consistently. It's one of those things where the journey-adventure is more important than the destination.




                                                  
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