If you are constantly stressed out or easily distracted then you might have a few well-meaning friends suggesting that you try meditation. They might also suggest this if you are losing focus or if you are feeling restless. Even when you are feeling lost, some might argue that meditation will help you find your way back or find your center. Many people throw this word around, but not everyone has in-depth knowledge on this practice and not everyone practicing meditation.
What is meditation?
The simplest definition is that meditation is the practice of focusing one’s full attention to a single point. This point can be an emotion. It can be a moment or it can be a memory. Meditation is also a state. There are various types of meditation techniques that you use in order to achieve this state. However, it will take a lot of practice to be able to perform this technique naturally and perfectly.
Now before diving into meditation, here are some fun facts about this practice.
The Vedas Tribe of ancient India have this scripture called Tantras. This scripture is about 5000 years old and in it is a description of different meditation techniques.
It is believed that hunters and gatherers in the ancient times practice this technique by focusing on the flames of their bonfire.
The expansion of meditation can be credited to Buddhism.
Other forms of meditation were practiced in Taoist China between 5th-6th century BCE. Around the same more types were practiced in Buddhist India as well.
Sokushinbutsu is a type of meditation that is practiced in northern Japan by Buddhist monks. This type requires monks to mummify themselves alive. To achieve this type of mummification the monks will slowly wean themselves from food and water until they pass away due to starvation.
Meditation can help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Kyudo is a form of meditation that is practiced through archery.
Vipassana meditation is a type of meditation that is used to control violent prisoners in one of the largest prisons in India.
There are four positions in which you can practice meditation: walking, lying down, sitting, and standing.