More on Buddhist Meditation
When you say meditation, you are referring to a mental exercise but it has different forms. In every religion, there is a practice that can be considered as such. When you hear the phrase “Buddhist Meditation,” you might immediately thing of a mental exercise that is very deep and too spiritual. In order to have a more thorough understanding of what a Buddhist Meditation is, you can start by analyzing the two words separately.
As mentioned, meditation is a form of mental exercise. You can actually meditate just by paying attention to your breathing. It may be the most basic form of meditation and it may seem to others that there isn’t much difference. But when done correctly, particularly in the right state of mind, it does help the individual.
Another basic meditation would be sitting on a chair in a relaxing position, but not too relaxed. This can be the lotus position or simply sitting on a pillow with each of your foot resting on top of the opposite thigh. The arms and hands should also be comfortable. They may be resting on top of the thighs or they may be in the cosmic mudra position, where one hand is on top of the other with both palms are facing up and thumbs subtly touching. Most often, the eyes are closed but you can actually open them especially if you are feeling sleepy. Breathing is one of the most important things in basic meditation and usually, facilitators ask participants to count breaths and be aware of the air going in and out of the nostrils.
Of course, there are other kinds of meditations that require more time, concentration, and instructions. They accomplish more things and they help people gain more control of themselves. Needless to say, they also require more discipline. One of which is the Buddhist Meditation. You already know what basic meditation is. In order to understand how Buddhist Meditation differs, you can proceed to learning more about Buddhism first in order to have better grasp of the whole concept. Basically, Buddhism is a major religion that is practiced by people from all over the world. It is founded by Siddharta Gautama whose father lived a very extravagant life. When he was convinced that suffering await the end of existence, he became a monk after renouncing his title and wealth. Hoping to understand the truth around him, his search ended as he meditated under a tree. There, he understood how it is to be free from suffering and how one can achieve salvation. He was then known as Buddha, which literally means, “Enlightened One.”
Now that you know what Buddhism is, you can now deduce that a Buddhist meditation aims to provide not just an intellectual understanding, but also to give one the consciousness to realize what should be achieved. The enlightenment that is described in the history of Buddhism is the same one that Buddhist meditation provides its participants. It’s not just about relaxation. It’s about understanding the truths around you. It goes beyond facts because Buddhist Meditation aims to free you from delusions, ignorance, and cravings so that you can focus on becoming a better person.
Be a light to others and you wont stumble on your own path. Meditation is a process of careful thought consideration.
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