What is Meditation?
Meditation can generally be defined as a practice where one gently focuses their attention on a particular object, thought or activity. There are many types of meditation, including concentrative meditation (cultivating a single-pointed attention on an object, such as a sound, an image, the breath, a spiritual being, or a flame); open awareness (opening to the panoramic awareness of whatever is happening without a specific focus); and mindfulness (a combination of concentration and open awareness, focusing on an object, such as the breath, bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, or sounds, and extended into daily actions, such as eating, walking, driving, or housework).
Is Meditation for Everyone?
While many meditators find that they sleep better, feel happier, and have more self-awareness (which can lead to healthier habits of mind and body), and while some research has reported positive findings, meditation is not a cure all. It is extremely beneficial to work with a qualified teacher, one who has had a long-standing meditation practice and some formal training. A great teacher can help you find the best types of meditation for your lifestyle, help you to navigate your meditation journey (it’s not always unicorns and rainbows!), and most importantly, respects your unique experience.
Your life. It begins within.