Nov 042012

From the outlook of neuroscience, meditation is defined or described as a series of mental exercises which strengthens one’s mind to have direct control over the functioning of their brain.

The easiest way to have direct control over one’s mind is to practice “focus attention”. Choose an object like the light of a flame or a picture and gaze at it, without trying to define it. When thoughts come into your mind redirect your attention back to the object. Many mediators use breath as a way to direct the control of their mind with success.

A more advance way of meditating is to not focus on a single object but instead use one’s brain to observe the universe of intellectual knowledge without directing attention to any one task or assignment.

I think it is important to understand the definition of meditation. Most people think mediation is difficult. It reality is not. There is No proper way to sit, think, or breathe. The word “meditation” means many things to many people, many cultures and religions. Below you will find a brief list of words and phrases that many people have used to describe meditation.

To focus the mind              To know thy self                    To open the 3rd eye

To find peace                       To see a solution                   To know God

To let go                               To awaken                              To feel connected


As of this date there is no universal definition of what meditation means. The difficulty in defining mediation comes from the many different cultures and traditions that use mediation. Each of them have their own way of practicing mediation; but all of the people, cultures, traditions and religions that use mediation benefit from it.

Tip: For anyone just starting out in learning how to meditate or if you are someone that has been struggling with meditation; learn the art of letting go and allow your meditation to be what it is meant to be. If too many thoughts are coming into your mind just observer each one and then let them float on by.  If you are too focus on the benefit or outcome of your meditation than you are missing the point of meditation and you will still continue to struggle.

I have used many different forms of meditation, the simplest form of meditation I have used is to just focus my attention. So if you’re new to meditation and don’t know where to start; start by focusing your attention on a word or object for as long as you can. Guided meditations are also a great form of meditation because they help focus your attention and bring your mind on a journey using descriptive visualization.

If you have any questions about meditation or would like to share an example of what you think meditation is please feel free to leave me a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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