Webster's dictionary defines meditation as "to reflect on; ponder, to engage in
contemplation," which it really is, although, many people believe that meditation is a
means of developing a more spiritual or religious life. Meditation does not necessarily
have to be religious. Many people just meditate to relax or organize their thoughts.
Meditation is a very broad subject since there are many ways in which to perform
meditation. Not only are there many ways but, there are also many different religions
associated with meditation. Not only is meditation good for the soul but, it is also good
for the mind. I myself have experimented with meditation and have found it to be very
relaxing and at the same time stimulating.
One way to perform meditation is to first find a comfortable place to sit or lie
down. Then you must have a precise, intense focus on one object. Follow and control
your breath and note all of your body sensations or track the sequence of your thoughts.
Second, be allowing to any thoughts that may enter your head. Be spacious and open-
hearted. This is excellent for the mind.
Some radical doctors will know prescribe meditation instead of pain kills or drugs to relax a person. In Sweden the National Health Board conducted a nationwide epidemiological study that found that hospital admissions for psychiatric care for people that meditated was 150-200 times less common to people that did not meditate. Due to this the yin-yang symbol is associated with meditation. Then let all your muscles go and allow them to relax. You should be aware of the many types of ways to do it and also be aware of the religions associated with meditation. Meditation has been found to improve mental health by reducing biochemical indicators of stress, decreasing anxiety, and enhancing psychological development. Buddhism is another form of religion that is based on meditation that is similar to Zen Buddhism. First lie on your back on the floor, a supportive bed or a couch. When you are ready to begin, tighten all the muscles that you can, but never tighten them to the point of discomfort. Meditation is not used for religious purposes only. By concentrating on progressively more abstract concepts the person achieves higher and higher meditative states, culminating in a contentless trance that constitutes liberation. Buddhists use meditation as a way to release their inner illusion.