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meditation
mɛdɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
 
  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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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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