Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind to be still. Often focused around listening to the breath, meditation can take many forms. It is often associated with mindfulness but is separated from it by the use of intention. There is an intention in meditation to reach a place or state of consciousness; mindfulness is a practice in awareness.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A meditation class, although not necessary to meditate, is a useful place to begin a practice. Buddhists offer such classes often teaching Zen mediation or the use of the metta bhavana. The metta bhavana teaches loving kindness and, in its simplest form, asks the participant to think of someone they love, then give them love, then to move on to someone they know and give them love and then send love to somebody they don’t know, and so forth until the participant is giving love to the whole world.
There are no end of benefits ascribed to meditation including lowering blood pressure, relief from anxiety, depression and anger. It can be done anywhere. It is free.
It can be boring to do at the beginning and may leave you feeling “spaced out”.