Article by Lily Candice
The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines meditation as “…the practice of thinking deeply, usually in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm” as one of its two descriptions for the word “meditation”. This is the closest to the actuality, as meditation need not be involved with religious purposes in any way. For our purposes, meditation will be defined as a discipline in which the practitioner attempts to replace the reflexive thinking based on antecedents and other social conditioning with a deeper state of relaxation and awareness. This can be achieved, as described in our earlier definition, by thinking deeply, in silence.
The origins of meditation are closely tied to religious practices, mostly in the Buddhist religions native to India, as well as other forms of religion from all over the world. There are in existence several methods of meditation such as those developed from Buddhist religious practice, the Baha’i faith, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, and the Zen practices native to Japan; amongst many others. The modern day practice of meditation has been developed, however, through the efforts of several centers mostly in India such as that provided by Z Meditation.
To some people, meditation is looked upon as some obscure, even diabolical practice to be avoided. Yet some others view it as a mystical process reserved for those who are out of touch with reality. These are erroneous views. Meditation is something that can be, and should be practiced by everyone as the health benefits are immense. If we can come to terms with the fact that most of our pains, both physical and mental, have their root causes in the turmoil that is causing a dark cloud to swirl through our minds, it will be easy to embrace a practice that produces a clear mind, filled instead with peace and love.
Another misconception about meditation is that the student will need to wear some strange clothes, assume certain postures, and learn some obscure language. Whi le it is necessary to maintain a straight posture in order to ensure concentration, (the cross legged, upright sitting position is highly favored), it will not be essential to be in any other position as meditation can be done almost anywhere you are. As for language, the best language for meditation is ones own mother tongue as meaning is also important to the process. Please let us not even talk about clothing
The process of meditation which is supposed to instill a sense of self awareness, calm and peace over the mind of the practitioner may be learnt at the Z Meditation center which is located in a small town in the Himalayas. The Z Meditation method of meditation is based on deep deconditioning enquiry and radiant mantras. The teachers at Z Meditation have developed these techniques over many years, and many individuals have benefited from their exposure to and practice of these methods. These courses may be taken by making a booking for one of their many meditation retreats, via online courses, or by reading and practicing the methods described in the several meditation books which they make available (these will require a little more discipline on the part of the student).
About the Author
Lily Candice is regular article writer for Meditation in India at Z Meditation in India
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