Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.

Dhyana in Hinduism

Dhyana in Hinduism Dhyana in Hinduism means contemplation and meditation.[1] Dhyana is taken up in Yoga exercises, and is a means to samadhi and self-knowledge.[2] The various concepts of dhyana and its practice originated in the Vedic era of Hinduism, and the practice has been influential within the diverse traditions of Hinduism.[3][4] It is, in Hinduism, a part of a self-directed...

Mantra

What Is Mantra? A mantra ( मन्त्र)[2] is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.[3][4] Mantra meditation helps to induce an altered state of consciousness.[5] A mantra may or may not have a syntactic structure or literal...

Buddhist Meditation

What Is Buddhist Meditation? Buddhist meditation is the practice of meditation in Buddhism. The closest words for meditation in the classical languages of Buddhism are bhāvanā (“mental development”) and jhāna/dhyāna (mental training resulting in a calm and luminous mind). Buddhists pursue meditation as part of the path toward liberation, awakening and Nirvana, and includes...

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Meditation And Pain

Meditation And Pain Meditation and pain is the study of the physiological mechanisms underlying meditation-specifically its neural components- that implicate it in the reduction of pain perception.[1] Meditation is a behavioral method that has been used for several thousand years to monitor and regulate emotion and attention.[2] Broadly speaking, meditation...

Research On Meditation

Research On Meditation For the purpose of this article, research on meditation concerns research into the psychological and physiological effects of meditation  using the scientific method. In recent years, these studies have increasingly involved the use of modern scientific techniques and instruments, such as fMRI and EEG which are able to directly...

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Jewish Meditation

Jewish Meditation Jewish meditation can refer to several traditional practices, ranging from visualization and intuitive methods, forms of emotional insight in communitive prayer, esoteric combinations of Divine names, to intellectual analysis of philosophical, ethical or mystical concepts. It often accompanies unstructured, personal Jewish prayer that can allow isolated contemplation, and underlies...

Christian meditation

History Of Christian Meditation

History of Christian Meditation Prayer has been an essential part of Christianity since its earliest days. As the Middle Ages began, the monastic traditions of both Western and Eastern Christianity moved beyond vocal prayer to Christian meditation. These progressions resulted in two distinct and different meditative practices: Lectio Divina in...

Eucharistic adoration

Eucharistic Adoration

What Is Eucharistic Adoration? Eucharistic adoration is a Eucharistic practice in the Roman Catholic, Anglo-Catholic and some Lutheran traditions, in which the Blessed Sacrament is adored by the faithful. This practice may occur either when the Eucharist is exposed, or when it is not publicly viewable because it is reserved in a place such as a church tabernacle. Adoration is a...

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Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation Christian meditation is a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God.[1] The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditārī, which has a range of meanings including to reflect on, to study and to practice. Christian meditation is the process...

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Meditation

What Is Meditation? Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.[1]:228–29[2]:180[3]:415[4]:107[5][6] Meditation has been practiced since antiquity in numerous religious traditions and...

Meditation in The Old Testament

Meditation in The Old Testament The Importance of Deep Thinking in the Old Testament On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. (Psalms, 63:6) But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and...

The Necessity of Reflection and Self-Criticism

The Necessity of Reflection and Self-Criticism Our first and foremost duty is to discover ourselves and then turn toward God through the illuminated prism of our nature. People who remain unaware of their true nature, and who therefore cannot establish any contact with their Creator, spend their lives like coolies...

A Most Direct And Safest Way To God

A Most Direct And Safest Way To God There are many ways leading to Almighty God; all of these true ways have been derived from the Holy Book, but some of them are safer, and more comprehensive and lead to the destination more directly than others. The way I have...

History of Meditation

What Is The History of Meditation? The practice of meditation is of prehistoric origin, and is found throughout history, especially in religious contexts.[1] Antiquity The exact origins of Buddhist meditation are subject to debate among scholars.[2] Early written records of the multiple levels and states of meditation in Buddhism in India are found in the sutras of the Pāli Canon, which...

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