postheadericon What Is Meditation?

At the most basic level meditation is a mental exercise in which the practitioner focuses all their awareness on one particular thought in an effort to induce a heightened state of consciousness.

While meditation can be done as part of religious worship, it is not exclusive to any one religion or religion in general. Many people who meditate do so for spiritual reasons and/or for health, happiness and well-being – both mental and physical.

The word “meditation” is born from the Latin words meditari (to think, contemplate, or exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). So putting those together meditation means to think and heal. This is a very apt description as with focused awareness (thinking) studies have shown that the body heals wounds and broken wounds faster and, from a mental and emotional perspective, people develop a greater sense of calm and satisfaction in their lives.

5 Responses to “What Is Meditation?”

  • Dean Matthews:

    I just found this on Digg, it’s a nice, quick explanation of meditation. I like the layout too. I’ll keep checking back on Meditation Den, it looks like the type of site I’ll enjoy.

  • Hi Dean, I’m glad you enjoyed this little piece. Over the coming months we’re going to be answering every question we can think of to create the ultimate Q+A section on meditation.

  • Dan agbese:

    I need some basic instructions on meditation please. Thanks Dean.

    • We’ll be including some guides on how to meditate in the near future so watch this space!

      In the mean time though a good, basic form of meditation is to get yourself in a comfortable position and to concentrate on your breathing and nothing else. Try and experience every part of the breath, the feeling as the cool air hits your nostrils, how your stomach expands and so on. You will be able to enter a meditative state this way.

  • The Vedic methods of Meditation are very much different from the Western Methods. Meditation is quite popular in my country Nepal as well.