What is Meditation?

what is meditation

Meditation, according to Yogapedia is the process of quieting the mind in order to spend time in through for relaxation or religious/spiritual purposes. It allows you to tune into your thoughts without being consumed by them. This makes it easier to focus on what truly matters and gives you space to quiet your mind.

While some forms of meditation are spiritual or religious that is not the case for all types of meditation. For example, there are many agnostics or atheists who practice mindfulness.

Here are just a few different types of mediation who can choose from:

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is when you meditate with the guidance of a teacher or coach. For example, a middle school teacher might lead his students through a guided mindfulness meditation to get the students centered and ready for class.

Guided meditation can allow you to regain a sense of control in the face of setbacks. When I first started my meditation practice I found myself getting overwhelmed at the thought of sitting in silence. I sat through a guided meditation with Insight Timer and was able to get past my mental barriers.

Mantra as Meditation

I have personally found it helpful to spend my meditation sessions focusing on a mantra. The mantra can be any one that you choose or one that is given to you. It is helpful to have a mantra that goes with the flow of your breath.

One mantra I like to use is “When I breath in, I breath in peace. When I breath out, I breath out love.” This mantra allows me to focus on the peace and love that surrounds me.

During meditation, you can repeat your mantra in your mind or out loud. If you find your mind drifting or you’re worrying about something, just bring yourself back to your mantra. Remember it is perfectly normal for our minds to wander. It will get easier after a few sessions to stay on track.

Mindfulness as Meditation

Another form of meditation is mindfulness. It’s focused on staying in the moment without fear or judgement.

As part of your mindfulness, you can sit or lie comfortably and listen to your thoughts. The key is not to react to what you’re thinking. For example, you think about cookies in the kitchen but then remember you’re supposed to be on a diet. You instantly feel guilt and shame. The more you practice mindfulness, the more you’ll become aware of how your thoughts are shaping your life.

There are many styles of meditation. If you try a meditation style and don’t like it, just try another one. You may have to try a few different ones until you find the style that works best for you.

10 thoughts on “What is Meditation?”

  1. LuciWest – Maker of photos, videos, thoughts and occasional dance moves.

    Thank you for this to-the-point overview of meditation. I keep feeling the need to get started with meditation but am unsure how to get started. Your quick descriptions are very helpful. I feel very drawn to the mantra of breathing in peace and breathing out love.
    xx Luci

  2. Lisa Fucci, CPC – Lisa has a business degree from Strayer University and recently graduated from The Life Coach Institute of Orange County with a Degree as a Certified Professional Coach. She is currently working towards her Master Certified Coach and will specialize in PTSD. She owns and operates a National Association for Professionals that has been proudly serving its​ members for 43 years. She is a published author and has served most her life as a Firefighter/Medic helping her community. While not at work she is tending to her mini zoo of beloved animals and two small children. She is an animal advocate and a loyal supporter of our Military, Law Enforcement and all those who are in uniform doing work for the greater good. Lisa says, "I truly love helping people succeed. Sometimes we just need someone to help maneuver through the noise and help realize our own truth. Because let's face it, society can be a hot mess, we don't have to be."

    Meditation is definitely a practice because I am constantly needing to redirect my thoughts to task at hand……. meditating.

  3. It has always been hard for me to meditate, but it is something that I’d love to accomplish someday. I have heard it that it’s beneficial in so many ways!

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    Thats a very helpful post. You have explained about Meditation very well in the post.

  5. gracemekirapa – Grace Ekirapa is the founder and author of Slick Bathrooms. She is also a quantity surveyor by profession and a plumber by experience. Through this blog. we aim to inspire you to craft your dream bathroom.

    I used to be so bad at meditation until I tried guides meditation. It’s been great and I hope to try mindfulness meditation too. It really helps anyone to start appreciated the beauty of Life.

  6. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say – I am a dentist and in between patients I am a writer. I have been a blogger since 2004 and writing is something that is most natural to me, like breathing air... words are my sustenance and this blog, is my breathing space.

    I don’t really know how to meditate. But I pray. I think prayer is a form of meditation because you rid yourself of distractions and you put your focus on talking with the Lord.

  7. Mindfulness meditation is something I’ve recently become interested in. I want to train my mind to be better able to relax and let go of anxiousness. I found an app called “Waking Up” by philosopher Sam Harris. He provides guided meditations and also audio lessons explaining how meditation works.

    Thanks,

    Wayne Walls
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