Meditation is the art of being aware or enlightened, the ability to achieve total focus without distraction from the brain/mind, or outside influences.
Meditation is defined as being totally aware/totally focused and at peace.
Whatever action and thought the mind is focused on is known as being totally aware in meditation. For example: "Watching your breath" is meditation; listening to rain is meditation, even walking is a meditation if done with total focus and dedication.
Another example of this is involuntary meditation is called “Daydreaming”, which we all have experienced or been called a” Daydreamer”. So, the act of daydreaming further demonstrates Total Focus Mind-fullness and expands on the concept that Involuntary Meditation is a natural form of Meditation.
As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it will be an effective meditative process. Many people may consider meditation as worship, prayer or used for spiritual and religious practices, but not only limited to these concepts and processes.
Meditation is not only a technique; it is a state of consciousness or being.
A state when the mind is free from scattered thoughts and also, being observed consciously by the individual.
It is a state reached when one becomes as the “Observer”, (one who is doing the meditation) and realizes that all the activity of the mind is focused to one idea or one thought.
Some Misconceptions about Meditation
Meditation is when you turn off your thoughts or make your mind go blank.
Meditation is focusing your thoughts to a single point or a single purpose/idea.
Meditation is difficult and requires great concentration.
Meditation is easy to learn and practice. Meditation may be difficult when we are too concerned with doing it correctly or incorrectly. Although, staying focussed in meditation does become easier with time and practice.
Meditation (Relaxation and Stress Release)
There are many types of meditation. The one definition that fits almost all types is..."Consciously directing your attention to alter your Waking Consciousness and Altered States of Consciousness."
There's no limit to the things you can direct your attention toward... symbols, sounds, colours, breath, uplifting thoughts, spiritual realms, etc. Meditation is simply about attention and where you direct it.
Traditionally meditation was (and still is) used for spiritual growth. More recently, meditation has become a valuable tool for finding a peaceful oasis of relaxation and stress relief in a demanding and fast-paced life.
Other uses include:
What can be achieved via meditation: