Meditation, simply put, is a state of awareness where you are free from other distractions. When in a meditative state, the mind should be free from scattered thoughts and focused on a single thought process. Nowadays, meditation has taken on the connotations of being a spiritual practice in which you empty your mind, enter a state of relaxation in order to find inner peace. In this state, pray takes place and even an experience of your deity.
There may be some confusion around meditation since it is derived from two different Latin words. The first is ‘meditari’ meaning ‘to think, dwell upon and exercise your mind’. The second word is ‘mederi’ meaning to ‘heal’. Additionally, the Sanskrit meaning of ‘medha’ adds to the derivation of the word meditation by meaning ‘wisdom’. Everybody has their own idea of what meditation is and how it is practiced. True meditation is however not an act, but a state of awareness.
Some may say that meditation includes the practice of yoga, or repeating a personal mantra. This is true, however not for everyone. Any act that allows you to quiet and steady your mind is a form of meditation. You may find your meditation in gardening, painting or running.
Best Quotes on Meditation
“You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation.”
– A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami
“When we pay attention, whatever we are doing…is transformed and becomes a part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before’ everyday life becomes clearer, sharper, and at the same time more spacious.”
– Rick Fields et al., Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life
“Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.”
– Amit Ray
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
“This is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can’t say this is a Hindu breath or a Christian breath or a Muslim breath.”
– Charles Johnson
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
– Dalai Lama
“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.”
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.”
– Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
“When the mind goes beyond the thought of ‘the me,’ the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
“My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel.”
– Edward Abbey
True meditation is a profound state of peace while being at a high level of awareness. Meditation leads you to a mental state of deep peace while still remaining alert to your daily routine.
Meditation offers a variety of benefits in your daily life, from stress relief and increased productivity, to improved health and overall better quality of life. One could say that meditation is an effortless practice to improve day to day living, without compromising on one’s alertness. Regular practice of meditation techniques, one can achieve a balanced state of mind and reach a true state of meditation.