Sunday, January 11, 2009

What is Meditation?

This post is a copy of a page from an informative site on meditation, here is the link to read more:

There are various types of meditation - prayer is probably the best known, but there is also TM (Transcendental Meditation), mindfulness meditation, and from the Eastern tradition, Zen meditation, Buddhist meditation, and Taoist meditation.

The meditation encompasses such diverse methods as:
Formal sitting in which the body is held immobile and the attention controlled. e.g., Zazen, Vipassana
Expressive practices , in which the body is let free and anything can happen. e.g., Siddha Yoga, the Latihan, the chaotic meditation of Rajneesh.
The practice of going about one's daily round of activities mindfully. e.g., Mahamudra, Shikan Taza, Gurdjieff's "self-remembering".

All these practices have one thing in common - they all focus on quietening the busy mind. The intention is not to remove stimulation but rather to direct your concentration to one healing element - one sound, one word, one image, or one's breath. When the mind is "filled" with the feeling of calm and peace, it cannot take off on its own and worry, stress out, or get depressed.

According to Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine, meditation can be broadly defined as any activity that keeps the attention pleasantly anchored in the present moment. When the mind is calm and focused in the present, it is neither reacting to memories from the past nor being preoccupied with plans for the future, two major sources of chronic stress known to impact health. "Meditation," says Dr. Borysenko, "helps to keep us from identifying with the 'movies of the mind."


  1. The moon was incredible again this month, wasn't it?

    As for meditation, I don't know what I'd be like if I didn't sit down every morning for 20 minutes!

    Reflections - I think fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass got me interested in alternate worlds even as a little girl. What was that fairy tale about the wicked queen who asks her mirror every way "who's the fairest in the land?"

    Reflected images have always caught my eye. And, too, I am a reflective person (as are you).

    Thank you so much for all your comments on the Gold Puppy!

  2. I believe it was Snow White. Thank you for the introspection, something to ponder today.

  3. It takes me a while...your the Maria who emailed me ....I love this explation on meditation, you and I are of like souls.thanks beth

  4. I’m glad you’re interested in The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Here’s a link to a Guide that covers this book and other books of the Oxford Tibetan Series.
    If you find this useful, please mention it on your blog.

  5. I have never heard of this book, will check it out though & see what it is