Meditation Essay

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Meditation is an age-old practice that has renewed itself in many different cultures and times. Despite its age, however, there remains a mystery and some ambiguity as to what it is, or even how one performs it. The practice and tradition of meditation dates back thousands of years having appeared in many eastern traditions. Meditation’s ancient roots cloud its origins from being attributed to a sole inventor or religion, though Bon, Hindu, Shinto, Dao, and later, Buddhism are responsible for its development. Its practice has permeated almost all major world religions, but under different names. It has become a practice without borders, influencing millions with its tranquil and healing effects.

Western medicine has recently
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Regardless of a new capitalism, which has erupted around meditation, the practice has provided a mental oasis to millions of people strained and made anxious by the stresses of modern life.

Meditation is the practice of “bringing the mind home . . . meant to awaken in us the sky-like nature of the mind, and to introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death.” (Rinpoche, 2002). Its goal is to relieve the suffering of the mind and lead its practitioners to the enlightenment found by Siddhartha Guatama or the Buddha while he sat beneath the Bodi tree. The mind’s home in meditation is a clear, lucid, unaltered state in which the fragmented frames of thought that usually circulates in the untrained mind are set aside and forced out. A mind free of worry and apprehension is at peace and free of suffering. A number of physical and mental exercises are used to bring the mind to this lucid state of natural existence. The four objects of consideration and awareness when meditating are the body, feelings, state of the mind, and the mind’s contents.

Body positioning during meditation has practical and traditional roots. The posture assumed during meditation resembles the crossed leg position of the Buddha. Although there are many variations of posture and hand placement, they all attempt to create and emphasize the connection
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