23 Unknown Things About What Is Not Meditation & What Meditation Is

what is meditation

Dr. Purushothaman
November 29, 2017

What Is Not Meditation?(Some Facts that we don't know)

Meditation is a practice prevalent all over the world, irrespective of age, sex, class, community, religion, spirituality, locality, country, custom, socioeconomic status and-the-like all differences from time immemorial.

Recently, various scientific studies and research on meditation has created more curiosity in our mind.

It is scientifically proved that meditation has got various Health Benefits like freedom from stress and strain, freedom from chronic diseases, mental problems & also for experiencing Physical, Mental, Emotional, Psychological & Spiritual Well being, Harmony, Happiness, Peace & Love

If we can understand these benefits of Meditation, it is certain that each & everybody will start meditating now itself for a Better Life

Now more and more persons are trying to follow various systems of meditation.

And the pathetic thing is that, people are really confused and puzzled to find out an appropriate method, path or system to attain a true meditative state. Let us know that there are lots of misconceptions about Meditation.

In this connection, if we can understand some facts about “What Is Not Mediation”, our perception, attitude & approach will change & then we will really realize  “What Meditation Is”.

23 Things That We Should Know !!

1. Meditation is not the Word or Thought Meditation

Most of the time when we hear and listen the word Meditation, we are really existed and we just think about meditation and then search and follow many methods and paths and we will never meditate. Gradually the initial enthusiasm fades away. Please understand that the word or thought, meditation is not at all important to meditate.

2. Meditation is not what we know & believe

We are living with various concepts, beliefs and pre consumed notions about our whole life. When we come to meditation, the fact is that we are under the grip of our levity beliefs, which are registered in our mind and memory. So we think that our beliefs and concepts about MEDITATION are true. Really the reverse is the truth.

3. Meditation is not what others are saying

We know that meditation is a subject which is widely discussed in our day to day life, especially in today’s Hectic and stressful living, where people are more concerned about the well being and healthy life. Most of us, out of curiosity and enthusiasm to need a happy and balance life, accept and follow what others say. Actually, when we follow what others say we will never understand what real meditation is.

4. Meditation is not what we learn& practice

From various sources we learned many meditation practices which are confined to the specific mind setup of the originator of that method. Following are the special method will not make you meditative, rather will make you more inert and inactive and will never serve the original purpose of meditation.

5. Meditation is not a Religious or Spiritual Activity

From the beginning of time all meditative practices, systems and methods where attributed or linked to various religious or spiritual teachings due to our belief system. Actually, if we observed transparently, we can find that meditation is nothing to do with any religion or spirituality, as meditation is really a part of our everyday life.

6. Meditation is not at all difficult as we think

Majority of thinking that meditation is very, very difficult due to various reasons without any rationale. To be more precise, meditation is the easiest thing in our life.

7. Meditation is not for everybody is a Myth, really is for All

The concept that meditation is intended for a particular group of person with specific quality and lifestyle does not have any authenticity at all. We are all human beings living in the vast universe by the grace of Almighty God. So everybody should enjoy meditative state.

8. Meditation does not need the help of a guide or guru or system

The very idea that meditation needs the help or support of a Guru, Guide or Master is not all true, because meditation cannot be learned from anybody else as it is a self-evolutionary process. And moreover each and everybody is unique in this universe.

9. Meditation is not a form of relaxation and self hypnosis

The Majority of us are under the impression that meditation is synonymous with Relaxation, Self-hypnosis and the like physical and mental programs intended for a variety of benefits for the body and mind. We will really understand the difference in an authentic meditative state.

10. Meditation is not against our Thoughts and Emotions

Our thoughts, feelings and emotions are part and parts of our life. An average person is having about 70 to 80 thousand thoughts per day. The point is that we aye unable to stop our thought. So the very concept is that the meditation is against our thoughts and emotions does not have any validity at all. This understanding will definitely  change our attitude towards meditation.

11. Meditation is not concentration, contemplation or exclusion

The deep rooted concept that in order to meditate one to concentrate or intensely focus on one thing or one thought is advocated in many systems of meditation.Various studies on this topic have revealed that the very effect that any concentration or focusing makes our mind more and more stress and may not give the desired result. The fear that we are unable to concentrate or contemplate on a single thought or object should be abundant for actual meditation.

12. Meditation does not need Lotus position and other Yoga Postures

Various posters, positions and sitting patterns are advised by many systems  of meditation many at time we are unable to adopt this particular position. This created a lot of confusion about meditation. The fact is that there is no set position poster or pattern for meditation.If we can give up this type of ideas, we will be a better position to meditate.

13. Meditation is not chanting any Mantras and Praying

Chanting or repeating various Mantras or specific words and various types of Prayers and affirmations are being is used for meditation by many systems. Of course prayers, Mantras and affirmations has got  its own importance in spiritual and religious practices. But when we come to the meditation it is entirely different. Actually mediation has nothing to do this practice, as it is an entirely different Phenomenon.

14. Meditation need not be practiced in Spiritual places, can be practiced anywhere

People are really concerned about that place and location to Meditate. Most of us believe that for meditation, spiritual and religious places like Temples, Churches, Mosque and the like holy locations are essential and for that reason many are really worried about meditation.But all scientific and related evidences revealed that this is a great mis-concept.Really meditation can be practiced by anyone at anywhere and at any time.

15. Meditation is not at all Time-consuming & can be practiced at any time

The time-related specification about meditation as really confused us in a big way. Actually, there is no specific time for meditation,as it is a continuous process.So let us give up this idea forever.

16. Meditation is not for getting Psychic &Occult Powers

The stories and evidences regarding various Mental, Psychic and Occult Powers are attributed to meditation throughout the ages and cultures. The development and expression of mental power is a different thing which does not have any connection with meditation. Meditations beyond this special powers and abilities which many persons have.

17. Meditation will not make us Emotionless, Inert& Lazy

There is a feeling among people that meditation is a state of inactiveness and a passive state in life. This very idea is keeping away a majority of persons who want to meditate.In fact the truth is entirely different. Actually, our thoughts, feelings, emotions, attitudes and approach will take a different path if we understand the fundamentals of true meditation.

18. Meditation is not at all for any special Experience like Bliss

For long, people were eager to find or experience the so-called Excasy or Blisstate as the end result of meditation. Really such a desire will never will take us into a meditative state.

19. Meditation is not at all difficult, rather it is the easiest Thing in Life

Another limiting belief or notion which was haunting the minds of people was that the very actable meditation is the most difficult thing in life or to attain a meditative state was next to impossibility. But as we proceed to true meditation, we will understand the unreality of the above facts and will achieve the meditative state is the most easiest way.

20. Meditation does not need the help of Technology, Psychedelic Drugs etc

To add to the effectiveness or to speed up the process of meditation or to reduce the time factor various scientific technique, methods, gadgets, instruments, herbs and psychedelic drugs are advocated an many persons are blindly following these things. Really, all this shortcut will easily keep us from attaining the actual meditation which does not need the above support and supplements.

21. Meditation is not the ultimate answer to our Life-Problems

It is a known fact that our life is full of problems, challenges, confusions, conflicts miseries, sufferings and other unforeseen or unexpected events and moments which are following us from birth to death. We have to face it with courage and confidence and should lead a balanced, serene, harmonious, happy and peaceful life. There is a gross misconception that meditation is the answer to all puzzling problems in life. Really, it is better to give up this idea.When you are in meditation you will understand the real fact.

22. Meditation is not for any Special Purpose, Aim, Goal or Achievement in Life

Usually we move forward in our life with specific Ideas, Goal, Aim or Target. The majority of persons who teach, preach and learn meditation move in this direction, thinking that meditation has got a specific goal to achieve. When we are in meditation we will really realize the Fallacy of the above idea.

23. Meditation is not for Anything, but for Everything in Life

Actually the very act of MEDITATION in its true sense cannot be attributed to ANY THING IN LIFE, but is EVERY THING IN LIFE.

“Then, What Is Meditation”?

                              “ Then, How Will We Meditate”?

                               “ So What Should We Do “?

                               Don’t Follow Anybody…… Be Alone….Alone Only ……. 

                               Now Start Observing…………………………….

                               And Just Start Meditating……………………

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