What is the definition of meditation?
Now that’s the million-dollar question. Or should I say, I digress, the miracle dollar question? Still, nonetheless, how you define meditation is not merely based on the objective, official version. There are other, more subjective, ostensible variants that must be considered.
Provided that meditation, by definition, is a mindfulness activity that helps on both an individual and collective wavelength, there are complementary attributes that must be addressed. For example, meditation to you might be a lifestyle. By the same token, meditation might mean sitting down and taking deep breaths in a session.
Consequently, it is for that reason alone that meditation is less about definition and more about meaning. The value you as and get out of the purpose of meditation. So, what is the definition of meditation?
Sure, we can all agree the meditation helps you to be the most you. Indeed, it is a practice that defines the very process of being in alignment with who you are. Your Higher Self integrated.
That said, this article will tackle what is the definition of meditation. Accordingly, this will be done through the lens of how whether or not you are a beginner meditator or an experienced practitioner. Despite this, this article will outline five unique, subjective meditation definitions as well as books that can add greater, more refined context.
The definitive structure of this article is as follows:
- Zen Mind (for Beginners)
- Happiness is a Breath Away
- Finding Yourself
- Space Me!
- Mindful the Miracle
Zen Mind (for Beginners)
Without a doubt, we all desire to have peace. As a matter of fact, this is not merely a desire. It is essential to us thriving. This is a need. And this is especially important for beginners. First impressions are everything. This point no exception to the rule.
As a beginner, you need tips to help you dip your toe into the water. Therefore, you are not quite ready to plunge into the meditation deep end. However, slowly but surely, you are gushing your comfortability levels. You are adapting to the colder climate. With each successfully mastered step, your body is warming up to the meditation experience.
For instance, if you are teaching a child how to swim, you can’t just throw them in the water. You have to teach them how to swim and more importantly how to breathe accordingly. This applies in more ways than one. Age, in this case, is just a number. A child is quite simply a child.
Anyways, you are going to experience a zen Mind when you stand the trials of time. In other words, when you find solace in your budding meditation experience, you grow in your walk with your innermost self. You can welcome the stillness from within without the raging tides of uncertainty. Finally, you can just slide right into the moment and just be.
The best part is that when you focus on the state of your mind, you shape your life. You get your life in shape from the inside out. As a result, you develop a zen Mind when you learn easy, simple methods concerning how to swim in the pool of meditation like a champ!
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Happiness is a Breath Away
Then again, meditation can be defined as deceptively simple. When we are young, we are taught about the importance of oxygen. We learn that oxygen is the bread and butter of life.
You might have even heard that nitrogen makes up 78% of the earth’s atmosphere — oxygen at least 16%.
What does this have to do with meditation?
Believe it or not, we are rarely taught that life is meditation. We have to teach ourselves more than bring taught.
Because no one can speak the words on your lips (Unwritten reference). Or, in this case, no one can breathe the air in your lungs. You are essentially the only person who can breathe life into your meditation life. Your air is uniquely your own.
Provided that happiness is temporary, it is still a state of being. Happiness doesn’t require material success or any other accolade. True success that is, materially and otherwise, is a result of happiness. Above all, happiness is within every breath. Happiness is within you. Now is the time to breathe it out and around.
Additionally, some breathe through their nose. Others breathe out their mouths. While I’d recommend the latter, since this is more how I define meditation, the choice is yours. Deep or shallow, any breathing method is equally valid.
Indeed, happiness lies in the sustainability of your breath.
Regardless if you are a beginner, an intermediate, or experienced. You will progressively find yourself. Plus, meditation is a love letter to yourself. Higher and otherwise. Most ironically, meditation is the greatest all wanders are lost illusion you can find. Truth be told, if you feel lost, you are in the process of being found.
That said, you are not inventing the new and improved you. You are discovering who you’ve been this entire time.
To reiterate, you are just awakening to the true, pure, unconditioned you. It’s like you are taking off your mask and seeing your face for the first time.
Interestingly enough, it’s like you forgot that you’ve been hiding from yourself this whole time. Suddenly, you have this eureka moment and it hits you have broken the spell. Or rather the veil of illusion. Perhaps you did this willingly. Perhaps not.
Nonetheless, as time progress, so to speak, you begin to re-membering everything. No longer are you the blur you once were. In addition to this, the red herring is that the real you is practically undefined. The more you meditate, not only do you become more okay with the ambiguous but you also embrace the infinite shades of grey inherent in the meaning of life.
Again, you find solace in simply knowing without the need to do so. Revelation just flows to you. It is the end of the illusion you thought you were. It is the end of the world of red herrings. At last, it is the beginning of a new era.
The new and improved you.
To find yourself is to first and foremost lose yourself.
Yes, you got me there. This is a school-inappropriate pun! Still, there is infinite value in finding the space to meditate and define it in your own words. This finding encapsulates the beauty of meditation and by extension the art of life.
To come full circle, some people are okay with meditation sessions. Others embody meditation with their lives.
Quite frankly, I am sure we all do a fair share of both. Or whatnot!
Nonetheless, whether it is HeadSpace or all-regular Meditation Space, you need it.
You need the time and space to make meditation uniquely your own. You are the infinite co-creator of your life. Therefore, it is up to you to bring your higher vibrations to life.
Furthermore, you can do guided meditation or group meditation like the monks all day long if you’d like. But, in the end, if you don’t make a space for yourself, meditation just won’t be the same.
Try to feel, think, and be comfortable. This is a simple requirement. Eliminate noise. Accentuate inner calm and utmost joy.
Now I wouldn’t recommend being mean or downing meditation, but sometimes you have to demand what’s rightfully yours.
No one or nothing is more important than you and your meditation space. This is your sanctuary. Your sovereign realm!
In conclusion, there are countless ways to create meditation space. Books. Articles. Seminars. Videos. You name it.
But before the internet, you could always book an interview. No matter how sold out the world might be, there is always space for you to make.
Mindful the Miracle!
Again, I made a punny Hunny! Consequently, it is time to evidence the miracle and be mindful of it. Even though mindfulness and meditation are interchangeable, they are certainly not the same. Provided that they seem similar, they are actually the inverse of one another. Whereas meditation is the process of letting go of consciousness, mindfulness is the act of heightened awareness.
When, or rather since, meditation and mindfulness go hand in hand they are a force to be reckoned with. It is an entire, overlapping umbrella. Indeed, an ever-broadening spectrum that parachutes the expanded horizons.
Then again, this is just my own personal definition.
To me, mindfulness requires more conscious effort than the more subconsciously concentrated meditation. Despite this, meditation is everything but mindless.
Moreover, mindfulness is typically needed in the earlier stages of each meditation session.
As a result, you flow into the habit of focusing on an object (e.g. breath, candle, feelings, or sensations in your body) and letting go of the need to scrutinize. You become mindful of the fact that the less you try, the more you cry.
What does this mean and why so suddenly dark?
First, miracles are never dark. Second, quite simply, this means release.
More often than not, you have unreleased, suppressed trauma that needs to be addressed and freed. Meditation, by definition, is a detoxifier for the mind, body, and soul. Frequently, it is a blissful, mindful escape from the horrors that have long plagued you. From the pain that’s kept you sleepless and awake.
Eventually, meditation enhances your internal condition. This refined your external circumstances in subtle, blatant, and unprecedented ways. Soon, all your heart desires will flow to you before you know what magically hit you. What sparked such immense light in your heart.
If you ever felt thirsty or hungry in any area of your life, this is your milk and honey mandated and fulfilled. A ceremony of answered prayers.
A nourishing for the soul.
Above all, you just have to be open to receive. You must be mindful of that simple fact.
This depends on you. Whatever you think suits you best, Just Do It. Just Be It. What are you watching for: the new and improved you?!! I would recommend learning more about each book’s synopsis to determine what aids your needs most effectively. And regardless of what stage you’re in, you’re still on an invaluable, special journey.
So, what is the definition of meditation?
At the end of the day, however you read into the definition of meditation is your story. Your experience on the mind.
However, honesty and inner wisdom must be the universal sign.
Meditation, by definition, is your own mindful sign to tap into your inner nature of the Divine.
Take care, have a great weekend, stay warm, and define meditation by your life.
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16 thoughts on “what is the definition of meditation”
I think I agree… I am not big on meditation, can’t sit still long enough, and believe there is no set definition for it. You have given a good layout of research materials for people to inquire and come up with the proper methods for them to define what it is they need from meditation.
In my younger years, I studied a while in the methods of Kung Fu. most people think of this as a martial art or style of fighting. This is only a portion of it. If you look into the more spiritual side of Kung Fu it is more like a religion or lifestyle. Some of the things I have read, there are beliefs that through certain ways of meditating one can not only improve the wellbeing of body, mind, and spirit. Some even say they can heal faster through using this method.
I have never experienced this myself but I do believe using these methods can improve your wellness. Understanding oneself, proper breathing, and just practicing finding peace with yourself has to help in some way.
I agree, just try it! It helps!
Thank you! I appreciate your honesty. The best thing we can all do is speak for ourselves and lead, to the best of our ability, by example.
I have wanted to meditate for years but haven’t able to ever “get in the zone”. I like the method you’ve set forth here for gradually working up and exactly how to do it. I also appreciate your assertion that “one-size-does-not-fit-all” I’d like to try this again. I’m going to purchase some of the helpful materials you have listed here and try to dip my toes in again. Thank you!
You are so very welcome! I am so grateful that my post helped you. Please, make yourself at home. I appreciate you.
Excellent article, informative and very useful. My life has changed since I learned to meditate and breathe properly. Every day I find time to meditate because I know how much it helps my body both mentally and physically. What we can achieve in meditation is a special story, it certainly needs to be tried. Thank you for all the books you’ve suggested, we should embark on an adventure and explore the unspoiled, that’s the only way we’ll get to know ourselves! I wish you many successes in your work!
Thank you so much! I am so glad you found my article to be of great, helpful use. Your encouragement is much appreciated and I am wishing you the same success. It’s always nice to hear someone else’s perspective on how they personally define meditation. That’s the beauty. By definition, meditation is your story to tell. Enjoy!
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It is very difficult to define meditation as each individual will most probably experience it in a different way. I do not think there is not a right way or a wrong way and I always find it interesting to find different approaches. I often find that my mind wanders when I try and do meditation, that I am sure that I will benefit from one of the books that you mention.
Yes, you will definitely benefit. The more the merrier. Just try it out. You might love it!
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Thank you for sharing these resources on meditation. You’ve found a nice collection of books that can help meditation students and enthusiasts to work on their daily practices.
Have you tried the Calm app for meditation? I recently got a free premium subscription through my health insurance provider and have really enjoyed the guided meditations. It’s been a very helpful meditation tool for a beginner like myself!
No, I haven’t tried it yet, but thanks. I will definitely give it a try. I am glad that you found helpful resources on meditation. I know that you are going to thoroughly enjoy them all.
Meditation to me is the art of stilling your mental chaos. It is focusing your mind on one thing and getting your breathing to be calm and slow. I don’t tend to meditate a lot. I like to walk to reduce stress. Sometimes it is challenging to think that if I just sit still and calm my mind down it will relieve stress. I know that it works because if I feel like my heart is racing, I will often sit and focus on my breath to slow it down.
I think you meditate when you need it most actually. You seem to meditate when you take those walks. There is nothing better than meditating in the heat of the moment. Quite the way to be present.
I am happy to hear your perspective on what meditation means to you. Very intricate, yet precise!
Uuu-uu, I love that. I mean, I really subscribe to that idea of it being less about the definition and more about the meaning. That just kind of feels right to me. Which brings me to the book suggestions. I wholeheartedly enjoyed how you did this one.
I mean, I wasn’t expecting as thorough and comprehensive look at what meditation is. This was really fun to read.
Other than that, I’m pretty sure I have that Dan Harris’s book somewhere. I’ll have to pick it up. I mean, I knew that the ideas within that book should help to be a better person. I just never expected they might be so incredibly powerful (I was in awe about this idea that happiness is in every breath and that air is uniquely our own). Feels like a really worthy read, even beyond meditation.
You are welcome and I appreciate how whole-heartedly you responded to this article. I’d love to hear more on your thoughts about this and perhaps some other articles I’ve written. Please, by all means, check out these books listed and beyond to find your best cup of tea of what meditation means and more importantly how you define it.
I have actually recently started meditating and I really find it to be very helpful for me. The only hard thing is to completely let go with everything that’s going on in your brain but I guess As. I have practiced, It does actually seem to get a little bit easier. I really appreciate this article and this really eye-opening experience of having me read this
Thank you!!! You are getting better with every breath you take. I’m glad you found us.