Happy Mindful Monday Everyone, and Happy Full Moon! For this question of the day, we are going to begin learning about meditation. The earliest documented records that mentioned meditation involved Vedantism, which is a Hindu tradition in India, around 1500 BCE. However, historians believe that meditation was practiced before this time, as early as 3000 BCE. (Before Current Era)
Vedantism: The system of philosophy that further develops the implications in the Upanishads that all reality is a single principle, Brahman, and teaches that the believer’s goal is to transcend the limitations of self-identity and realize one’s unity with Brahman.
Brahman: The supreme and eternal essence or spirit of the universe
The English word “meditation” stems from meditatum, a Latin term meaning “to ponder.” To ponder is to think about (something) carefully, especially before deciding or reaching a conclusion.
It’s important to remember that meditation can help everyone. (You do not have to be religious)
Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations.
Building skills to manage your stress.
Focusing on the present.
Reducing negative emotions.
Increasing imagination and creativity.
Increasing patience and tolerance.
Types Of Meditation:
Guided Meditation– Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing.
Mantra Meditation– In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts.
Mindfulness Meditation- This type of meditation is based on being mindful or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment.
Qi Gong- This practice generally combines meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore and maintain balance. Qi gong (CHEE-gung) is part of traditional Chinese medicine.
Tai Chi- This is a form of gentle Chinese martial arts training. In tai chi (TIE-CHEE), you perform a self-paced series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner while practicing deep breathing.
Transcendental Meditation- Transcendental meditation is a simple, natural technique. In this form of meditation, you silently repeat a personally assigned mantra, such as a word, sound, or phrase, in a specific way.
Yoga- You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind.
In my personal experience I believe that the five human senses ties into meditation and grounding yourself. The five basic human senses are: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. The sensing organs associated with each sense send information to the brain to help us understand and perceive the world around us which goes hand and hand with meditation.
Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago.
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