Meditation, it is a word you are sure to have heard at least once. There are paid and free apps that claim to assist you in meditating, there are seminars held in schools, colleges and even corporate offices nowadays to teach you the why and how of meditation. If you’ve ever been on YouTube thinking of actually seeing what the fuss is all about and searched for meditation, you’re shown an endless list of videos that are trying to give you a lesson on it. There are many benefits of practising meditation like higher tolerance to pain, better control of stress and mood, having a more positive outlook in life, and general clarity of thoughts.
So what is meditation? Simply put, meditation is the practice of focusing on your mind or an object, or a thought or activity for the purpose of improving attention, becoming self-aware and achieving mental and emotional calmness and clarity. It is called ‘dhyāna’ in Hinduism and Buddhism. There are many different types of meditation but they all have one thing in common and that is focus. Focus on breath, an object, and a source of light. There are many meditation techniques classified on frequency, posture, use of objects and even religion. The three most popular forms of meditation though are definitely Vipassana, Mindfulness, and Kundalini.