What is Meditation

Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati

Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati

What is Meditation

Meditation is a technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness. Meditation is the practice of constant observation of the mind to discover the infinite knowledge and wisdom within oneself. Positive thinking and meditation are the keys to peace of mind. Meditation is the method used to calm and focus the mind.

Regular practice promotes not only mental equanimity, but physical and spiritual well-being as well. Before we can meditate, though, we need to center the mind through concentration techniques and positive thinking. A mind full of negative thoughts and feelings is hard to calm down. By controlling the movements of the mind, we can eliminate negative thought patterns and reach the meditative super-conscious state

Meditation is a state of consciousness that can only be understood through direct experience and intuition. Unlike our everyday experiences, which are limited by time, space and by the laws of causality, the state of meditation transcends all limitations. In meditation, past and future dissolve. What remains is the single consciousness of ‘I am’ in the endless, eternal Now.

The Benefits of Practicing Meditation

  • Eases symptoms of anxiety, depression, psychological distress, anger and hostility

  • Promotes emotional health

  • Reduces levels of stress

  • Helps control pain

  • Lengthens attention span

  • Helps with insomnia

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Lowers cholesterol

  • Reduces activity in the craving-related area of the brain

  • Improves pain related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Enhances immune system function

  • Keeps the body youthful and prevents early aging

  • Creates happiness and harmony

  • Reduces age-related memory loss

  • Creates new patterns of thinking

  • Helps fight addictions

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