What is Meditation?
Meditation is a term that refers both to a state of consciousness in which a practitioner watches oneself, as well as a method for achieving such a state. As a method, meditation means quieting the mind in order to more clearly see one's self. Ultimately meditation is simply self-watching from a different aspect of consciousness; a way of becoming selfless.
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force; known as "Chi" (qi, ki, prana, etc.), and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness.
A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.
The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since ancient times as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, standing, lying, or in an active way - for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training.
Chi Meditation - incorporates the movements of body, mind and spirit. A practitioner of Chi meditation will enter a present state of being, where all of their thoughts and attention is centered on one thing. No other thoughts should enter the mind as this form of meditation aims to reach spiritual awareness, as well as achieve calm, relaxation and smooth Chi flow within the body. The techniques of Chi meditation came from "Dao Yin", a more than 5,000 years old healing practice that originated in China. There are various techniques and additional associations that make up the ways of Chi meditation, such as Qi Gong (also known as Chi Kung) and Tai Chi (also referred to as Tai Ji). The aim of this aspect of Chi meditation is to accomplish a state of harmony that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit.
The Benefits of Chi Meditation: The many different benefits associated with Chi meditation seem never-ending. When practiced on a regular basis (preferably daily), the stress and tension that plagues us is reduced or eliminated. When one accepts Chi meditation into their life, they are ready to benefit from a form of exercise executed through a series of slow movements and postures that help one achieve the perfect level of thought and concentration. Relaxed actions performed in varying sequences allow the release of collected stress to occur. An increased sense of balance, flexibility, awareness, and control are also results to look forward to in Chi meditation practice. Those who need to work on self-discipline and perseverance will also enjoy the benefits that come with Chi meditation. This means anyone can benefit from the techniques of Chi meditation, from the stressed-out executive to an elderly person strengthening balance and immune system or a young child learning to relax and focus their mind. At work, Chi meditation exercises allow an individual to recapture their focus, as well as revitalize their energy. During a lunch hour, just 10 to 30 minutes of Chi meditation can reset goals through reflection, and still leave enough time to grab a bite to eat. Chi Meditation can be practiced standing, sitting, or lying, with stillness or movements. The breath must be slow, calm, peaceful, long, and deep. The mind must be focused and concentrated. Chi meditation will reduce stress and restore the essential energy that facilitates a healthier and balanced life.