Meditation definition by Merriam Webster
to spend time in quiet thought for religious purposes or relaxation
1 : to engage in contemplation or reflection
to engage in mental exercise (as concentration on one's breathing or
repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level
of spiritual awareness
Meditation definition by dictionary.com
the act of meditating.
continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection.
Meditation definition by British dictionary
the act of meditating; contemplation; reflection
contemplation of spiritual matters, especially as a religious practice
Meditation definition by the Medical dictionary
Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
A definition of meditation by the Free dictionary
1. a. To train, calm, or empty the mind, often by achieving an altered state, as by focusing on a single object, especially as a form of religious practice in Buddhism or Hinduism.
b. To engage in focused thought on scriptural passages or on particular doctrines or mysteries of a religion, especially Christianity.
c. To engage in devotional contemplation, especially prayer.
2. To think or reflect, especially in a calm and deliberate manner.
Meditation definition by the Cambridge dictionary
The act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a
religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed:
- Prayer and meditation
- She practices meditation.
Serious thought or study, or the product of this activity:
us spend a few moments in quiet meditation.
- I left him deep in
- The book is a meditation on the morality of art
- All definitions refer to meditation as contemplation.
- The key ingredient seems to be the mind and specifically the control of once thoughts, i.e focus.
- There is a spiritual and or religious component to it.
My personal definition of meditation
When I read all the definitions on meditation I feel a lack of something. The definitions written, for my taste, are very much of the mind. The way I experience meditation is so much more then some type of focused exercise of the mind.
It involves my whole being, not just my mind.
It opens my heart and invokes my soul.
It is Home coming.
It is an experience of the unknown - very personal.
It is the way to union, peace and fulfillment.
One of my teachers said the following about meditation:
"The true purpose of prayer and meditation
is to travel deeply enough within
to begin to attract the presence of God"
These words ring right in my heart and touch upon what meditation is for me.
I guess if I were to give a definition on what meditation is, I would at this time in my life say the following:
The act of traveling within oneself to open, connect and come closer to our higher self, others and the Source.
We are accomplishing this by using the many innate abilities and skills that live inside of ourselves.
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