By Remez Sasson
Meditation is a technique for calming down the restlessness of the mind and awakening the spiritual consciousness. Regular practice brings inner peace, happiness and freedom from restless thinking. Meditation also relaxes the body and nerves, relieves stress and frees the mind from anxiety and worry.
In meditation you focus the attention on a certain thought, idea, sound or prayer for a certain amount of time. It usually involves turning the attention inwards, away from the external world, and when the mind wanders away, bringing it back to the meditation.
In it higher forms, meditation aims to free the mind from the subconscious compulsion to think incessantly, develop inner detachment and awaken the awareness of the Spirit within. Its regular practice awakens a new sort of consciousness, peaceful and blissful.
There are many forms and techniques of meditation. Some involve visualization and others the repetition of a mantra. Some involve focusing on a certain thought, sentence or idea, and other require focusing the attention on the breath, a candle or a certain shape. There are also meditation techniques in which you focus on the self within, and other requires the emptying the mind of all thoughts.
Broadly speaking, meditation can be divided into two main forms. One form requires thinking of some sort, such as focusing on a certain thought, and the other form requires inner silence and freeing the mind of all thoughts. The second form of meditation is more advanced in the sense that it requires a high degree of concentration, and is possible after training with the first form.
Some people, who know nothing about meditation, think it is a state of laziness and indifference and of mental dullness or unconsciousness. This is a totally erroneous point of view. Success in meditation requires at least some concentration ability, self-discipline, willpower and perseverance, and these are not qualities associated with laziness and indifference.
Regular practice of meditation brings deep positive changes in the behavior, thinking, state of mind and attitude. It develops tranquility, inner peace, patience and tolerance, increased self-mastery, discipline and inner strength, and the ability to focus the mind at will. It awakens an ability to deal calmly with problems and difficulties, avoid worries and anxieties and find solutions to problems.
For those who are serious and persistent, meditation can bring Spiritual Awakening and Self Realization.
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