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What is Meditation?

Two Practical Definitions

A Dictionary’s Definition

What is Meditation?

1. Continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation. (Random House Dictionary)

2. Devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection. (Random House Dictionary)

3. Continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge" (WordNet Dictionary)

An In-Depth Definition

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a symbol. The act of meditation is an act of looking within oneself to produce contentment. The message you are sending your mindand body is that contentment is self-generated. If everything one does in their lives were a metaphor, meditation would be a symbol of self-empowerment. When an individual meditates (or sits with ones-self), they are demonstrating that they do not need anything. That is to say they do not need anything from the outside world. They don’t need to be doing anything because everything they are, and have, at that moment is ok.

Here is where the symbolic act of meditation receives its power. I personally find in my own life that whenever I need something really badly, it never shows up. But as whenever I don’t need a particular thing, it always tends to appear without fail and sometimes in abundance.

This principle can be found in many famous philosophical, spiritual, and religious teachings throughout history. Is this principle universal? We can even see it in contemporary thinking as well. Consider Murphy’s Law “If something can go wrong, it will.” If you flip the statement into its opposite its reads as “If something needs to go right, it won’t”. It seems as if the idea of “neediness brings insufficiency” is woven into the fabric of life. Can you think of examples when your need for something to happen ruined the plans? Can you see how neediness, has the potential to be your own worst enemy?

Meditation is a very complete and powerful way of demonstrating “I don’t need anything”, and this is where the act gets its power. The act symbolizes “I don’t need my outside world for anything. Nothing but this moment is necessary for me to be complete.”

Its only when practicing meditation and using it on a daily basis that one can see the dramatic effects first-hand. Go and try it for yourself today. Try it for three weeks, and then stop for a day; will you be able to see any difference?

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