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.
Another form that is good for the body is body relaxation. First lie on your back
on the floor, a supportive bed or a couch. Close your eyes and rest for a moment. Wait
for a feeling of readiness. When you are ready to begin, tighten all the muscles that you
can, but never tighten them to the point of discomfort. Hold this for thirty seconds. Next
pay close attention to the sensation you feel and remember it. Then let all your muscles
go and allow them to relax. Compare the feeling that you are feeling to the one that you
had just felt minutes ago. After a few minutes repeat this but, allow your muscles to relax for
Yoga, another form of meditation, teaches an eightfold path beginning with the
acquisition of pure moral attitudes, proceeding