Meditation is an activity which helps in providing relaxation to the mind, in boosting the internal energy in a person, in developing a sense of love, patience, compassion and forgiveness in a person. Meditation is also considered to be a great way of enhancing the concentration power in an individual, which helps the person to focus more on their activities.
Meditation has been an important aspect of various religious traditions since ancient times. Besides this, meditation is also considered to be an effective way of controlling your mind. Doing meditation has also proved to be of help in easing health problems, such as, depression, high blood pressure and anxiety. The word meditation is derived from the Latin word meditation, which is derived from a word, meditari, which means to think, ponder or contemplate about something.
Meditation is a practice which is prevalent in all religions in some or the other form. Some of the different religions are Hindusim, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism. All these religions practice meditation, but, the only difference is that all the religions practice this activity according to their own way, which means, they use their own symbols or their own teachings for this process.
Meditation in Hinduism
Hinduism is a religion which is known for its contribution towards the spiritual practice, known as yoga and the teachings accompanied with it, known as the Sutras of Patanjali. One of the forms through which meditation is practised in this religion is through performing yoga. Yoga consists of eight limbs and one of those limbs is Dhyanan, which means meditation.
Meditation in Christianity
Meditation is practised in an extremely different form in the religion of Christianity. One form of meditation which is used in Christianity is by praying repeatedly either in a spoken way or in the form of a song. This is usually accompanied with synchronised breathing. Another way of performing meditation is to focus on an icon connected to their religion. The most common form of meditation which is practiced in Christianity is by chanting prayers repeatedly either on your own or in a large group.
Meditation in Buddhism
Buddhism is a religion in which meditation is considered to be extremely important. This practice is so important in this religion that people think that meditation is a practice of the Buddhists. Buddhism is a religion which is formed from the meditation of Siddhartha Gautam, a prince who denounced his life for leading an ascetic life, which later on led him to be known as the Buddha or the enlightened one. Since meditation is the cause for the formation of this amazing religion, it is the most important practice in this religion.
Meditation in Islam
Islam is a religion which is based on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and the holy Quran. The major purpose of meditation in this religion is to prevent the minds of people from getting polluted and helping the heart to concentrate on God. Meditation is done in the form of prayers, songs and chants in this religion in which the holy names of God are continuously repeated.
Meditation in Judaism
Judaism is a religion which has its main symbol as a cosmogram ‘Tree of Life’. This tree has eleven spheres and each sphere has a different name of God, which is used to symbolise different aspects of God, such as, Understanding, mercy, Glory, Wisdom, Victory, Knowledge, Beauty, etc. According to this religion, meditation is a practice which helps in bringing these aspects of God to life.
People often mistake a state of trance to being the same as meditation, but, in reality, this is not at all the case. When a person is in a state of trance, you are not at all aware about yourself, whereas, this is not the case with meditation. In meditation, you are completely aware of yourself. In fact, meditation provides you with an increased awareness about yourself and also provides you with a heightened level of self control. Meditation is a practice which is considered to be suitable for all types of people, but, one can definitely choose the degrees of yoga according to the different stages of life.