#MeditationMondays: What is Meditation? and What does it mean to me?

What is Meditation? 

The best definition I have found is from the Medical Dictionary on thefreedictionary.com. They state “Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.”

What does Meditation mean to me?

The definition above is how I have always felt what meditation meant. So, last week when I wrote that I felt my mind is finally settled enough, I wrote that because in my opinion, meditation is about “concentrated focus”. Also, growing up around Buddhism and the Chinese culture, I remember hearing that it’s bad when your mind wanders while you try to meditate. It can cause you to go down the wrong path (in Buddhism, you meditate to reach enlightenment) if your mind does wander. I guess that was always one of the reasons why I needed to feel settled enough to want to learn to meditate.

Meditation to me is as simple as “concentrated focus”. Have you ever just tuned the world out? Or zoned out? I feel like that’s sort of what meditation is except you are focused on something and doing it consciously versus zoning out. Honestly, I think when we tune the world out or zone out it’s our minds way of telling us, take a time out.

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