The Benefits of Meditation

The English word meditation derives from the Latin word ‘meditari’ which means ‘to think, devise, contemplate, ponder or meditate’. The definition and practice of meditation is dependant on differing beliefs of the people that practice it. As a general definition, the following can be considered:-

“Meditation can be defined as a self-induced change of state of mind for the purpose of heightening awareness or attention, or for emotional well being.”

Having originated and evolved in Eastern cultures many centuries ago, meditation grew in popularity in Western cultures in the latter part of the 20th century. Part of the meditation process involves repetitive movements and chants which were discovered to induce a higher state of consciousness. When it became apparent that this practice seemed beneficial to the people who performed them, they began to change and develop them in order to realise the self, but was still used for religious purposes.

Religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism redefined the practice of meditation as a way to achieve a higher state of spiritual growth. Meditation is not generally associated with religion but initially religions in the West had divided opinions with regard to the types of meditation. Some religions believed in the system that included the repetition of words and/or actions and some religions didn’t.

In modern society, meditation is a worldwide phenomenon and many different types of meditation have evolved..  It is now practised less for religious purposes but more for the practical applications that it offers. Many of us lead stressful lives, living in  stressful environments.  These high levels of stress are not good blood pressure, cardio-vascular systems and or physical and mental health and well-being.  Because of this, people are turning more and more towards meditation and making it part of their daily routine.

If you are new to meditation. please read our how to meditate for beginners article.  The world will be a better place for us and for everyone who knows us.


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