Meditation: a short definition

Meditation has been practiced around the world for thousands of years.  It is simply to stop, to stop any movement of the mind and enter silently in itself. 

What exactly is meditation? Meditating is both a way of life and a state of mind. It can be done almost anywhere, all the time. Without getting lost in the definition, we can say that meditation is a pause, a self-examination. It is why people that meditate regularly are considering it a moment of liberation since it mainly involves to empty the mind as much as possible and to let go of all concerns and hassles of life. 

It has no purpose or objective, if not to let go and get in touch with our inner world and subconscious mind.  Meditation can be also explained as a branch of energy manipulation.  It involves the human brain subconscious part and this is where all of our paradigms resides, therefore, by manipulating these parts of the brain, we also manipulate our subconscious energies.

In scientific terms, the human brain constantly communicates to the body the reassuring or threatening nature of its surrounding environment. For example, when gets stuck in traffic or in a long queue, the brain sends a warning signal to the body so that it snaps into “fight or flight” mode. This is the manifestation of stress.

When a person meditates, he or she tells and makes believe to his or her brain that the surrounding environment is “safe” and “peaceful”, so free from stressful situations. The positive effects of this little ruse are immediate: the brain immediately releases hormones promoting relaxation and good humor, decreasing at the same time stress hormones (adrenaline, for example).

Therefore, the physiological changes induced by stress, such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and accelerated breathing, are greatly reduced. Similarly, the mind becomes more relaxed, alert and balanced. Better still, when we meditate regularly, these positive effects occur even outside of the meditation sessions.  


		

4 thoughts on “Meditation: a short definition”

  1. I’m certainly no expert at meditation, but I want to improve at it and really learn to be able to both relax and clear my mind. I realize how important this is. It’s very hard to think clearly and productively when you’re stressed, and meditation can really help remove that stress.

    Great article. I’m learning more about this subject the more I read about it.

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    • You have the right mindset to be great at meditation and you already realize the benefits it brings you.  All you have to do now is practice. It’s just like any other things in life, the more you practice the better you get. A great way to start is to start with short sessions go at it with little increments at the time. There are great programs out there to help you start and I have some recommendations in my reviews.  The main point is to practice regularly. It’s a whole lot better to do 10 minutes sessions every day than one 70 minute session once a week.  I wish you success in your meditation journey my friend.

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  2. Nice article Denis and a very simple and succinct explanation of what meditation is. Is it possible not to approach every moment of life as a moment of meditation and thus to remove stresses completely?

    Also I have heard of mindfulness – what is the difference between meditation and mindfulness?

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    • Hi Steve and thanks for your very pertinent questions.

      For your first question, I truly believe that if the human being was able to approach every moment of life as a meditation, stress would simply not exist. The problem with this is that we tend to live within our 5 senses, and therefore, what we feel with our senses tend to be what we believe in. That is where meditation comes in. It helps us find our inner selves and by being aware of what we “feel” inside, it helps us to deal with the “fight or flight” part of the adrenaline rush we get from stress.

      That is also part of your second question about mindfulness, which is also being aware. The difference between the two is that mediation is done intentionally, with a definite time and purpose and mindfulness is simply attempting to be more aware in everything that you do.

      So wait. What’s mindfulness meditation, then? That’s when you intentionally pay attention to whatever is here in the moment. The goal is to learn to be really present, to the point that when you feel yourself reacting a certain way, you literally change the way you react to the situation and do something differently than you would have done before.

      I am grateful you asked the questions. It’s going to be my next blog post, and I will explain it in details. Keep listening 🙂

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