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Currently, meditation is one of the most practised disciplines within the sciences or practices that come from the East. We can not refer to meditation without talking about Buddhism since they are so closely related in essence and practice.

Meditation is a practice in which the individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness to achieve some specific benefit such as mentally recognizing content without feeling identified with that content.

When we talk about content, we refer to mental content in the form of a thought that causes different moods or emotional states.

An ambitious form of meditation that requires a great amount of practice is to sustain concentration on one point without effort to enable the practitioner to have a state of well-being in any activity.

Many of the values, precepts or rules used in Buddhism may seem religious, we can interpret it that way if we have received a religious education that differs from Buddhism. But, we must remember that Buddhism is not a religion but rather a philosophical science, which embraces some of the common values of different religions around the world. Buddhism has also a strong relationship with the scientific world in all those areas concerning life and the development of human beings.

There are different schools of meditation among them we can find Taoist meditation, Zen meditation, Transcendental meditation, Buddhist meditation, Vipassana meditation and Mindfulness meditation. All of them have in common the main objective of calming the mind from its daily agitations and helping us to develop full attention to reach a level of reality and understanding that goes beyond what has been learned and has more to do with the senses.

The human being is endowed with different sensory or energetic layers, relating to them and knowing how to observe them implies expanding or controlling the spectrum of motivations of our personality and therefore approaching more noble, compassionate loving values and behaviours.

According to ZEN, meditating is the natural condition of human consciousness, capable of understanding by itself the meaning of its existence, even if this occurs at the level of the unconscious. This perception is interrupted by agitation or interest in the particular issues that absorb our attention.

The practice of a meditation system or routine would return the mind to that basic and primordial state. In some cases a state where we feel at peace with ourselves and the world around us and where the ego has no more room to interfere in our feelings and emotions.

Some Zen masters say that meditation is "touching the heart" of the human being.

This article comes from different sources concerning the themes of meditation and Buddhism.

Published by Robert Brown Coach / Facilitator / Teacher of Yoga and Meditation.

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