What is Meditation? – Part 3

If you have not read part 2, click here

Now that we’ve covered a bit of background in relation to meditation, it’s time to talk heart to heart.

Many candles burning in red candle holders at night closeup

Many candles burning in red candle holders at night closeup

I see the body, including the brain, as our physical state. Our brain is involved in all facets of our thoughts, feelings, memories and more. This is all physically managed through chemical reactions, which is amazing. But, what about the “mind” or “psych” or any other term for “me” or our “meta-psychical” self.

I like to call it our “spirit” (and I don’t mean the cartoon type ).

 

Ancient Origins to Pop Culture

Japanese traditional red umbrella with autumn tree

Japanese traditional red umbrella with autumn tree

To discuss the spiritual side of meditation, we need to go back, way back. It’s a very old practice to sit and meditate. Not surprising if you ask me. It’s a natural activity that some just discover, like I did by mistake, while others are taught by others.

The first written recording of the practice goes back to Sanskrit time in East Asia, as well as Ancient China most famously through Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. It’s actually quite ubiquitous and can be found in many religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Bahá’í Faith, Taoism, Sikhism,  Pagan and Occult religions.

We all do it!

What’s interesting as westerners is the influx in our cultures of what some thought would only be new age, pop culture, “fads.” For example, meditation, yoga, tai chi, etc. They were wrong! This all became popular and more mainstream within the last few decades. A fad brought across from the east by hippies and popularised by pop-stars like, The Beatles!

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