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What Is Meditation About – Complete Definition, Meaning And Guide

I have already spoken a bit about meditation, but a few people have asked me to bring more details, so today I decided to create the most comprehensive search-based meditation content. I also rely on my personal experience.

So, what is meditation about? Does it really help or it’s just a popular concept used to make people seem cool? Let’s see.

Popular Definitions Of Meditation

What Is Meditation AboutFirst of all, I decided to bring here the most popular definitions for meditation found on the internet.

So, Wikipedia says:

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.”

headspace.com says:

Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.”

Carl Jung says:

“In general, meditation and contemplation have a bad reputation in the West. They are regarded as a particularly reprehensible form of idleness or as pathological narcissism. No one has time for self-knowledge or believes that it could serve any sensible purpose. Also, one knows in advance that it is not worth the trouble to know oneself, for any fool can know what he is. We believe exclusively in doing and do not ask about the doer, who is judged only by achievements that have collective value. The general public seems to have taken cognizance of the existence of the unconscious psyche more than the so-called experts, but still nobody has drawn any conclusions from the fact that Western man confronts himself as a stranger and that self-knowledge is one of the most difficult and exacting of the arts.”

tibetrelieffund.com says:

Meditation is a tool that can help you still your mind and develop tranquility, concentration and equanimity.

There are many, many different types of meditation but what they all have in common is that they help you control the focus of your attention. This, in turn, helps you be less effected by outside forces and helps you to become calmer. Some meditation practices do this by having you focus on your breathing, some focus on physical sensations in the body and others focus on cultivating thoughts of love and kindness.

There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ type of meditation; the key is to try some different styles until you find one that suits you.”

I’ve only chosen 4 sources, because the other ones have more or less the same explanation.

What I want to add here is that meditation is not an exercise we choose to do, the mind needs it and it is something it always has done.

So stop thinking about meditation techniques, or ways to do it. I think those things became too persistent and they may make us forget about the real, simple and natural meditation.

In two words meditation is: HERE and NOW. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do when you meditate, because every single human being has his own way. You can stay in silence, you can listen to music, you can keep your eyes open or not, you can focus on one thing or more things, you can focus on nothing. It doesn’t really matter as long as you spend time with yourself and you are 100% in the present moment.

Last time I suggested some steps and conditions for meditation, but actually, those are available only if you are still confused and you have never meditated before. It is a way to start, but the more you practice it, you may find other ways that will fit you better and that’s what meditation is all about. Finding you own way, finding yourself!

The Benefits Of Meditation

Meditation can be a science, a way to pray, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is the fact that it brings you all those benefits:

Emotional Well Being

  • lessens worry, anxiety and impulsivity
  • lessens fear, stress loneliness and depression
  • enhances self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • improves resilience against pain and adversity
  • increases optimism, relaxation and awareness
  • helps prevent emotional eating and smoking
  • helps develop positive social connections
  • improves your mood and emotional intelligence

Super Mind

  • What Is Meditationincreases mental strength and focus
  • increases memory retention and recall
  • better cognitive skills and creative thinking
  • better decision-making and problem solving
  • better information processing
  • helps ignore distractions

Healthier Body

  • improves immune system and energy level
  • improves breathing and heart rates
  • reduces blood pressure
  • more longevity
  • lessens heart and brain problems
  • lessens inflammatory disorders and asthma
  • lessens premenstrual and menopausal syndrome

Those are the most important benefits, but if you decide to meditate every day, you will notice even more benefits.

The Real And Simple Meaning Of Meditation

MeditationYou’ve read the definitions above and you may say you know what meditation is, but I’ll give my definition and explanation based, mostly, on my experience, but also on searches.

We have lots of thoughts every day and most of them are negative or useless. When you try to meditate for the first time, in the first instance you will think it is impossible to stop your mind.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to force it to stop. It will if you start focusing on calming it. Your thoughts will not disappear, but they will be fewer and they will not interact with your emotions anymore.

All you have to do is to observe your mind without judgment. Just let it be in its natural form. You are the sky and your thoughts are the clouds. The sky doesn’t react. It just lets the clouds pass.

Start with 20 minutes of meditation per day. Sit in silence, keep your back straight, relax the other muscles, feel your breathing, observe your thoughts, but don’t interact with them.

You may be caught and carried away by your thoughts, but this it perfectly normal, as long as you remember you have to go back to focus on calming your mind.

Most people believe that they are doing it wrong when they have thoughts. Meditation doesn’t mean to not have thoughts. It means to let them be, let them pass and don’t be caught by them. Is that simple!

I’m not gonna make a list with all the ways and “techniques” of meditation. I believe these things bring even more confusion, especially if you are a beginner.

Meditation means focusing on NOW and HERE and observing everything as it is, without interacting.

Reducing The Whole Concept To A Single Point

I’m not gonna give you any extra information, because my main goal is not to create confusion, but to help people and answer their questions.

Therefore, I brought here a video that contains absolutely all the details about meditation and will answer all the questions in the most clear and simple way possible.

If you want to start to be in control of your life, to be happy, free, smarter, healthier, wiser and productive, I hardly recommend you to watch Leo’s video until the end. It is a real treasure!

I hope you found my post useful and if you have anything to ask or add about meditation, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to make discussions with you! Blessings!

Anna

14 Comments

  1. Meditation is something i have been researching and so glad i found this post!  You really point out some solid reasons why i need to do meditation now.   It seems like it will take some getting used to focusing on a single point.  Any suggestions on how to do this?

    • Hello, Barry!

      Well, actually all you have to do is to focus on nothing. There is no wrong way to meditate. Just sit with the back straight, close your eyes and try to not interract with your thoughts. This doesn’t mean you will have no thoughts. Of course you will have! But just let them pass. 

      If it comes a thought like: “I have to wash the car.” and then you get caught: “I think I’ll go to the car wash in the center.” it is also ok, as long as you remember you have to go back on focusing. Sometimes it happens you get caught by your thoughts for 5 minutes or 10 minutes and then you remember to go back. This doesn’t mean you did it wrong or you didn’t meditate. This is exactly what you have to do. To not interract with your thoughts and if you do, remember to get back. That’s it!

      You may feel frustration, boredom, sleepiness, but those are normal feelings, because your mind is very tricky and of course it doesn’t want to be controlled.

      Once you ignore those feelings and meditate every day for at least 20 minutes, you will be able to see great results. Just be patient and perseverent! 

      I recommend you to watch the entire video. It will answer all your questions!

      Thank you for your comment and I am sure you will do it if you really want to. Meditation is so simple. I don’t know why people try to complicate it.

      Blessings!

  2. Meditation is a subject I’m very eager to learn about. Most of the time I relax by just being silent and alone. I believe meditation would be very effective for my kind of person. I really found your post useful and from today I’ll start meditating for 20minutes and see what I’m able to achieve. 

    Does the environment have to be quiet for one to meditate?

    • Hello, Louis!

      I’m happy to see you made a decision. Just remember to keep it simple, be patient and do it every day. You will not see the results immediately. That’s why it is very important to do it everyday, even when you’re sick, even when you brake up with someone. 

      Now to be honest, 20 minutes a day is not that much and the benefits are just too great to be ignored. Trust me!

      Thank you for your comment and success!

  3. I come from Africa where mediation is not that popular and it’s not known to most people,but I will agree with you we need to mediate for our inner peace and healing that can come only when we accept ourselves and take it as way of healing and development .so let me say it this way I am thinking of introduction of meditation to people in Africa and to start my home country Kenya.

    • Hello, Charles!

      Meditation is very important for daily success and a successful life. Unfortunately there is no way to prove it. Only when you do it for real (every day), you will really understand how great it is.

      Patience and perseverance. That’s all you need. If you don’t have them, then force yourself a little. You will thank you later for that.

      Thanks for your comment! Blessings and success!

  4. Hey ,

    This is an great content about Meditation . Meditation  is to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature which is described as happiness and bliss . There are many different types of meditation for different purposes . Meditation has helped me to from all my other habits and  to become  more peaceful , more focused and attentive . Before I started meditating , I never thought about what was going on inside my head . Definitely , It is very helpful for us . Thanks for sharing this important article . 

    • Hello, there!

      You are so right! I’m happy to see people that meditate. It doesn’t really matter how you do it, as long as you do it. 

      You can always create your own type of meditation. I prefer to keep it simple. I see lot of people confused, because of the types of meditation. 

      Meditation is easy and that’s why I wrote this article. To clear things up.

      Thank you for your comment!

  5. Articles like yours, that take the ‘mystery’ out of meditation, are so important.  For me personally, I don’t thik I would be sitting here writing this today if I had not made meditation (in all it’s forms) a part of my daily life.

    When I practice Qi gong and yoga I consider it “moving meditation” as well. 

    From my experience over the years, while teaching meditation as a foundation for everything, I notice the greatest discomfort in people who have a fear of disconnecting from everything to only connect with themselves. 

    In addition to what you wrote, I’d say to only place your focus on your breath and let all the thoughts just go by.  I say this because the biggest “try” in meditation, whether I’m teaching kids or, the hndi-capable or, my elders is to close the eyes and just be still an breathe for the minimum of 3 minutes-ish.  

    When I was a child I loved the earth and the forests and, the river I grew up with.  My first recollection of ‘meditating’ was laying on the earth and closing my eyes and feeling the sun shower me with it’s warmth as I just breathed and felt loved and comforted. 

    Anna, I totally get why you don’t want to elaborate on “techniques” for meditation.  I’m soundly convinced, during my years of training and teaching, that the only ‘technique’ is closing the eyes and, breathing.

    • Hello, there! 

      Basically meditation is that moment when you can fully enjoy the present, the NOW. It may happen when you do something or when you see something. Meditation is not only sitting down with the eyes closed, of course! 

      I didn’t brought any techniques here, because I wanted to keep it simple, for the ones who want to learn how to meditate. I know how difficult is to understand it when you find too many details about it. It is the simplest thing in the world and I like it this way. 

      In the future I will bring also details and techniques about it, but for the beginning I think it is more than enough.

      I’m happy we are on the same vibe here. Thank you so much for your comment, Fyre! Blessings!

  6. meditation is the practice of turning one’s attention to a single point of reference, it can involve focusing on breaths and bodily sensation or on a word or phrase known as mantra. By practicing meditation can help clear away the mind’s chatter. Meditation help in pivoting distractions and thoughts enabling us to focus on the present moment.

  7. Thanks for sharing this great content Anna!

    Like you mentioned, there’s ‘no’ or ‘wrong’ type or way to do meditations. For me, it’s a way to be in the present -the ‘now’, the ‘present’. Reading the daily Word first thing in the morning and I’m on my 27th day of 30-day yoga journey are to me considered my meditations.

    • Hello, Terri!
      That’s perfectly right! I just wanted to keep it simple for now, so I only described what is meditation itself and how to meditate. In the future I will write another post and I will talk also about the different techniques of meditation.
      Yes, yoga is another type of meditation. Keep going, it is very good for your body, your mind and your soul.
      Thank you so much for your comment and I’m so happy to see you enjoyed my post! Blessings!

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