Meditation - recharge your batteries from the inner balance

Meditation has accompanied people as a spiritual practice since ancient cultures. Depending on tradition and technique, it serves to find one's own center, to gain insight, to train perception, to calm body, soul and spirit and to achieve esoteric or occult goals. Meditation can be learned by anyone and can help reduce stress, among other things.

What actually is meditation?

Meditation is about concentration and consciously directed attention. Attention and concentration are not to be understood in the sense of strenuous brain activity. It is the attention in the here and now that is trained, the value-free observing and perceiving. Focusing this attention is the concentrative aspect. This becomes clearer by looking at the word's origin: The Latin equivalent is "meditatio," translated "to ponder," "to find the center"; the ancient Greek term is "medonai," which also means "to ponder." Concentration is derived from the Latin "concentra", where "con" translates to "together" and "centra" translates to "center" or "to the center". Meditation consequently has to do with sensory attention, one's center, the essence of a thing, emotions, thoughts, sounds or images.

Forms and techniques of meditation

A distinction is made between active and passive meditation. In passive meditation, you assume a quiet posture while sitting or lying down; more rarely, you meditate while standing. The attention is directed to the breathing, the emotions, the pure body perception, certain thoughts, an image inside or outside, a scent or sounds, gladly produced by a gong or a drum. Guided meditations, accompanied by words and sounds, also belong to the passive form of meditation. These serve different purposes, for example, to accompany you on an inner journey to a place of power, to throw off ballast or also a regression.

Active meditation techniques include those associated with specific postures, breathing techniques, and inner awareness, as in Hatha yoga. Repeated recitation of mantras, chanting and conscious walking can also be used in an active meditative way. In addition, mixed forms of various techniques are possible.

Meditation is contextual.

A meditation always takes place in a specific context:

- You simply let your feelings or thoughts flow freely and focus your attention exclusively on them.
- You create a certain image inside you, perhaps of a calm mountain lake, and perceive all impressions essentially.
- You concentrate entirely on your breath and breathe in and out consciously.
- You give yourself completely to a fragrance, experience it sensually, register what impressions are happening inside you.
- You repeat a mantra with concentration and focus your attention on it, blocking out everything else.

Through any kind of meditation you can specifically generate positive thoughts or feelings, deeply relax, free your mind, throw off mental ballast, train your sensual, sensitive perception and start again strengthened in everyday life.

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