A Research Study On Meditation

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Beatrix Zander
10/15/15
History Research Paper on Meditation

"May I be well and happy. May I be peaceful and calm. May I be protected from dangers. May my mind be free from hatred. May my heart be filled with love. May I be well and happy." (1) Meditation is a powerful tool that can be used by anyone regardless race,gender,social standing, religion, and intelligence. It’s a unifying practice. Meditation is a conscious effort to change how the mind works for better understanding the world and yourself. Throughout history into present day times, meditation is used as a key to unlock hidden areas of our subconscious mind, providing us with answers about the meaning of life.
Meditation is believed to have had early traces all the way back in prehistoric to times, where some religions involved rhythmic clapping and chants called Mantras. Some researches also believe that primitive hunter gathering societies quite possibly could have discovered the different states of consciousness while staring at fires that were used in many rituals that they had. Eventually these simple rituals evolved into a practise that was not much more complicated to use on a daily basis. An important source for records of meditation are the Upanishads, which are texts that discuss meditation, philosophy and spiritual knowledge. Meditative traditions were included in the Vedas for the Hindu religion but also had ties to Buddhism. Although mediation was happening before the time of the Buddha, Siddhartha
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