What is meditation? If you ask 10 different meditation practitioners, you will likely receive 10 different answers - and all might be true! In the context of my approach, meditation is the process of emptying ones mind through purging. In this process, a person observes his or her thoughts and body, and then releases the observation. In this case, meditation can be both mindfulness and mindlessness. It involves the unconscious allowing of observation and the conscious process of letting go. One thing stands at the core of meditation and all meditative practices: intention and the desire to learn how to meditate. It is the intentional of controlling one’s thoughts and body response, and the ultimate goal is the state of 'no mind.' Meditation can be moving, meditation can be still, it can involve emptying and it can involve filling.
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Meditation can be both mindfulness and mindlessness, and is an important element of one’s personal development. One thing stands at the core of meditation and all meditative practices: intention and the desire to learn how to meditate. Intentionality of controlling one’s thoughts and body response. Meditation can be moving, meditation can be still, it can involve emptying and it can involve filling. There are many things that can be involved in the process of meditating and it isn’t something that can be simply defined.
Many new meditators and experienced meditators find that relaxing music helps to create a mood or atmosphere for meditation. There are certain schools of thought that believe that mindfulness meditation should be done in complete silence and there are other schools of thought that are more flexible. The benefits of using spiritual meditation music is that you can provide a cadence and if headphones are worn, then brainwave frequencies can also be modulated and slowed to facilitate meditative state of consciousness. Many people who are interested in guided meditation for anxiety find that brainwave frequencies help tremendously when embedded in a meditation music download.
Music can be a very helpful and soothing source for creating an environment that is conducive to contemplation and mindfulness. There are various styles of music that are affiliated with both religious and spiritual practices. The process of meditating in and of itself and most meditation exercises have no religious affiliation. There are different approaches to meditating and different styles of music processes that maybe affiliated with one religion or another but overall the process of meditating is nonreligious. Meditating is however a spiritual process; an individual experience that is completely qualitative.
If you want to understand how to meditate, then there is a simple technique that is used in Vipassana meditation. Set a timer and sit in a comfortable location and do not move until the timer sounds. If and when thoughts arise acknowledge them and dismiss them. One of the more important things to become aware of is your conscious mind’s manic urges to move your body. You may find it suddenly your nose itches or you need to straighten your shoulders, or move your feet. All of these things will suddenly become prominent in your thinking as you resist the urge to move. Guided meditation is a good way to begin for most people. The principles are different but the overall outcome is similar in terms of the benefits.
One possibility could be to consider the side effects or the benefits of meditation as a way of defining it. Most meditators would agree that the following are non-tangible outcomes from meditation:
There are obviously countless other benefits from a meditation practice and the following are a list of tangible outcomes from meditating
The benefits of meditation are potentially even greater then this list shows however this list includes the most common positive outcomes or side effects from meditation