What is meditation?
Despite all its popularity, today very few of us really know what meditation is. Some think meditation is something mental concentration, others consider that we meditate when we imagine something that gives us peace or satisfaction. All these methods are being a target of halting and eventually completely stop the incessant activity of our minds. These exercises are not really meditation – they are substitutes for meditation, because it is usually very difficult to stop our minds all together. Actually, meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. It is not an act of doing – is a state of consciousness. Or in this state or we are not, regardless of what we are doing in life. Indeed, a man can be in meditation while doing his work day as another man may be far from meditation while sitting in a lotus position on top of a mountain.
When we look at the various explanations of meditation, another thing that we often see is that meditation is defined as taking a moment to sit quietly and meditate. True meditation, however is much more than this. It is a state of deep, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert. This is just the beginning of an inner transformation that leads to a higher level of consciousness. This allows us to fulfill our true human potential. The problem, of course, is how to achieve this state.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a peaceful view of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice, to learn the patterns and habits of mind, and practice provides a means to cultivate new ways of being more positive. With regular work and these nutritious patience, focused moods can delve into deeply peaceful and energized states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.