[The following is a re-blog from my post in 2011]
MEDITATION is the practice of clearing the mind, allowing it to become RELAXED and inwardly FOCUSED. Meditation relieves you of your external environment which can be full of stress/worries. It allows you to cultivate an inner state that is one-pointed and still. Your mind and your body slip into a smooth RELEASE and the mind falls silent.
Meditation is an age-old practice. In over 1,000 published research studies various methods of meditation have been linked to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, and other bodily processes, especially as a method of stress and pain reduction.
I am relatively new to meditating and at first it was very difficult to sit still, to find a comfortable position, to prohibit my bouncing mind from wandering (a continual difficulty) but I’m making progress and I am definitely feeling more centered and in control of my habits, stress points, and negative tendencies.
Many people in the west mistakenly point to meditating as a form of Buddhist worship. This is an erroneous judgement that one should consider gaining wisdom about before they remark a falsehood. Meditation is a broad and encompassing subject and can be a valuable tool when one is interested in going deeper into understanding life and it’s complexities.
I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
– Psalm 119:48 ESV
“When you meditate long…the glory of the Divine shines forth. You realize then that all along there was something tremendous within you, and you did not know it.”
— Paramahansa Yogananda