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  1. the action or practice of meditating.
    "a life of meditation"
    synonyms: contemplationthoughtthinkingmusing, pondering, consideration,reflectionprayerdeliberationstudy, rumination, cogitationbrooding,mulling over, reverie, brown study, concentrationspeculation;
    "cultivating the presence of God in meditation and prayer"
    • a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject.
      plural noun: meditations
      "this is not a mythopoetic meditation on manhood, it's a historical study"

      Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.

      The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qikiprana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

      The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressuredepression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training.

      Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term "meditation" can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state. Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as "being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself." In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.

      source : wikipedia

      A statue of Buddha meditating Borim Temple Korea

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10 Minute Clip With Visuals 

Written and performed by Ram Dass

Music by Knights Of The Occasional Table

Produced by Knights Of The Occasional Table

The Full Length 23 minute Meditation is part of the mega-t album.

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Has your get-up-and-go got up and gone? Don't crawl back under the covers. Here are 10 proven ways to get it back...

1. Take a deep breath...
...and have a good stretch. In fact, you probably find yourself doing this without even thinking about it. 'We stretch and yawn naturally when we wake up - but the trick is to take it one step further,' says homeopath Primrose Matheson. 'Breathe deeply into the bottom of your chest through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Do this around 20 times while stretching. This increases oxygen flow to your brain and body, giving you the energy boost you need to get up and face the world.'

2. Have eggs for breakfast
Repeat after us: carbs and caffeine are not the answer. The reason? You'll experience a temporary boost, followed by an almighty great slump. So choose eggs instead. 'Egg yolks are naturally rich in B-vitamins, which are vital for energy production,' says nutritionist Christine Bailey. 'They're also one of the best sources of protein and essential amino acids to support muscle mass and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. And they contain choline, which is needed for brain function and memory.' So what are you waiting for? Get scrambling. Or poaching. Or boiling...

3. Learn to meditate
Meditation can take a little practise at first - but once you've mastered the art, it can prove to be the perfect instant energy-booster. Educational psychologist Richard Harris explains: 'Meditation strengthens the mind's ability to quieten noise and resist distraction, meaning you have more energy to focus elsewhere. It's also a great way to generate the awareness needed for panic-free work. To begin with, just try five minutes in the morning. When you feel a little more confident, aim for two sets of 20 minutes each day.'

4. Treat yourself to a massage
No, we're not suggesting you head to the spa every time you start to flag. Even a five-minute DIY massage can give you a natural energy boost. The reason? 'It increases circulation and gets blood moving around your body more efficiently,' explains Daphne Metland, founder of the Good Spa Guide. 'A good massage helps release toxins and waste from your muscles and allows your body to heal itself, preventing you from feeling tired, lethargic and run-down. Uplifting scents and essential oils that can increase your energy levels during a massage include natural antidepressant lemon, orange to elevate your mood, and invigorating rosemary.'

5. Go for a walk
Now, don't pull that face! 'Exercise may be the last thing on your mind at the moment, but regular physical activity can gradually improve your energy levels,' says Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at NutriCentre . 'That doesn't mean you have to head out on an eight-mile run. Just a brisk 10-minute walk is enough to make a noticeable difference. In fact, the energy-boosting effects of a brief stroll can last for up to two hours.' And remember, outdoor exercise will provide more of a pick-me-up than an indoor workout because the body releases energising hormones in response to natural light.

6. Trick your brain
Feeling drained? It's time to make your mind think otherwise. Life coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams suggests: 'For a more energised life, you need to change two things: your psychology and your physiology. You can change your psychology quickly and effectively by flooding your brain with positive thoughts about what you're grateful for and what you're looking forward to in the day ahead. This will help you appreciate the things you take for granted and pull you towards opportunities that improve your quality of life. And changing your physiology is one of the easiest energy-boosters to try during the day. Simply do a few jumping jacks or have a 30-second dance party to high-energy music.'

7. Boost your iron intake
You don't need us to tell you that eating the right foods at the right time can make a huge difference to your energy levels, do you? But sometimes that's not so easy. 'One reason why you may be experiencing an energy crash and feeling fatigued is that you're low on iron,' says nutritionist Emma Wight-Boycott. 'Getting enough iron from our diets presents as a real challenge as it's one of the most difficult minerals for our bodies to absorb. So for some of us, dietary sources may not always be enough.' The solution? Try a natural iron supplement, such as Spatone; £10.55 for 28 sachets, from Boots. Good dietary sources include red meat, beans, nuts, dried fruit and kale.

8. Try a quick fix
For a super-fast pick-me-up, ake your pick from various specially formulated energy-boosters. A few examples? BodyMe Super Energy drink contains guarana for its natural caffeine boost and energising maca root; £6.99 for 50g, from independent health stores. 6VitaminShot is a sugar-free, low-calorie energy shot packed full of vitamins and the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee (some energy drinks contain the equivalent of five); £2.50 per shot, from . And 'America's favourite energy bar', CLIF Bar, has just launched in the UK. It contains rolled oats, organic dates and 11 different vitamins; £1.60 per bar, from supermarkets and health food stores nationwide.

9. Drink some water
Ah, if only it were that simple, we hear you cry. Actually, it could be. 'Hydration is the key to feeling energised,' insists Primrose Matheson. 'When our cells are hydrated, they can work efficiently and remove the toxins that have built up. Think of water as the thing that helps create a healthy flow in our bodies. If we eat when we're dehydrated, we become constipated and our energy levels start to dip. The optimum water intake is usually 1.5 litres per day. But if you learn to listen to your body, it will tell you when you need more.'

10. Give acupuncture a try
Tired all the time? 'Lack of energy is a common complaint - but it's often at its worst just after winter,' says acupuncturist Deb Connor. 'Seasonal acupuncture treatment can be just the boost needed. If the body's energy - known as "Qi" - gets out of balance due to overwork or stress, tiredness can really kick in. And this low energy may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as poor sleep and digestive problems. During acupuncture, ultra-fine needles are placed on the body to boost and regulate the natural energy flow, thus putting a spring back in your step.' To find a qualified practitioner near you, contact the British Acupuncture Council.


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Does meditation make you SMART? Letting your mind wander lets the brain process MORE thoughts than when concentrating


  • Letting your mind wander is more effective than concentrating on emptying your head of thoughts, scientists said
  • Researchers from St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim and the University of Oslo used MRI scanners to look at brain activity during meditations
  • Concentrating on 'nothing' is only as effective as resting
  • Meditation is practiced by millions of people but little is known about how it works


Regardless of religious beliefs, many people attempt to meditate at busy times in their lives.

And now a new study claims that meditation activates parts of the brain that simple ‘relaxing’ cannot.

People who meditate process more ideas and feelings than when they are just resting and letting your mind wander is more effective than concentrating on emptying your head of thoughts, scientists said.


Relax: Experts from St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, used MRI scanners to look at brain activity during meditations. They found that the brain processes more thoughts and feelings during meditation than when people are simply relaxing

Researchers from St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, believe their findings - published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience - suggest that meditation is more than just a way to lower stress.

Using an MRI scanner, the experiment showed that the part of their brains dedicated to processing self-related thoughts and feelings were more active during the activity than at rest.

When test subjects performed concentrative meditation, the activity in this part of the brain was almost the same as when they were just resting.

Dr Jian Xu, of St Olavs, said: ‘I was surprised the activity of the brain was greatest when the person’s thoughts wandered freely on their own, rather than when the brain worked to be more strongly focused.

‘When the subjects stopped doing a specific task and were not really doing anything special, there was an increase in activity in the area of the brain where we process thoughts and feelings. 

‘It is described as a kind of resting network. And it was this area that was most active during non-directive meditation.’

Professor Svend Davanger, of the University of Oslo, said: ‘The study indicates nondirective meditation allows for more room to process memories and emotions than during concentrated meditation.

‘This area of the brain has its highest activity when we rest. It represents a kind of basic operating system; a resting network that takes over when external tasks do not require our attention.

‘It is remarkable a mental task like non-directive meditation results in even higher activity in this network than regular rest.’

Professor Davanger is the only member of the research team to regularly meditate and he believes that good research depends on having a team that can combine personal experience of meditation with a critical attitude towards results.

‘Meditation is an activity practised by millions of people. It is important we find out how this really works,’ he added.



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