What is Meditation?
Meditation is a mindful practice that has been benefiting humankind for over 5000 years. Meditation is designed to free yourself from your conscious mind (your ego) and to connect you to the Universal Spirit. Meditation allows you to shift your awareness within you, instead of keeping it outside of you.
When your mind is not constantly occupied with work, or some form of entertainment, you’re left with mental, emotional and/or physical senses. In other words, you’re left with mind chatter or emotional drama in varying degrees. As we are sure you have all experienced, you can easily get lost in any of these thus creating imbalance in your life. Meditation is designed to remove your awareness from all of it, allowing you to connect with the “All” and bring balance and peace of mind to your life.
Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha and many other prophets all signified the importance of meditation. Our intention is to shed “light” on why…
“But whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Psalm 1:2
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
The Three Types of Meditation
There are three forms of mediation: concentrative, contemplative and true meditation. All three forms of mediation work together to achieve balance. This is what many people are missing. Read below for more information.
One of the most popular forms of meditation is Concentrative Meditation. This involves focusing on a particular object, such as a candle flame, a mandala, or the breath. The goal here is to use an object to concentrate on as a precursor to remove one’s self from all emotional and physical senses; true Meditation.
True Meditation is the most powerful form of meditation. It is freeing oneself from all thoughts, emotions and physical senses. This is something you drift into, usually following a Concentrative Meditation. The goal here is to reduce the amount of thoughts one has per day and truly connect to God, raising one’s level of consciousness. This allows an individual to receive proper guidance from God, instead of being led astray by their mental and emotional chatter. This type of meditation is the most difficult and requires proper guidance and practice, but it is absolutely attainable by anyone willing.
Contemplative Mediation is one of the lesser-focused on forms of meditation, but none-the-less important. Contemplation Meditation is when you focus on certain situations and events in your life, allowing you to identify the root cause of why they happened. Contemplative Meditation allows you to see how you have set up certain events/situations in your life. The goal of concentrative meditation is to help an individual understand how and why they react to certain situations, allowing them to change the energy within it. This is the true definition of the word confession. It is holding yourself accountable to something damaging to one’s ego. It is through Contemplative Meditation that you will be able to change the outcome of future situations and events as well. This is synonymous with critical thinking.