The History of Meditation

The History of Meditation

Mediation is considered as one of the oldest forms of mental and spiritual practices all over. Although nobody can truly say what the exact history of meditation is, there are some speculations about this ancient practice.

Most scholars and documents say that the history of meditation can be traced some 5,000 years ago when the effects of the practice was discovered by ancient men by staring into the flames of fire that if flickering. From then on, several medication techniques were developed and began to spread across its continent of origin, Asia.

Only in the 60s and 70s when meditation became a hit in the United States. From them on, so many variations have spread across the globe.

The ABCs of meditation

A state wherein a person is in deep concentration on a specific object of thought or awareness, meditation is considered as one of the oldest yet most effective means of relaxing the mind, the emotions, as well as the soul. This practice usually involves a person’s attention, allowing it to turn into a single point of reference. Because of its effectivity in leading a person’s consciousness a higher level than that of a common person, meditation is now being practiced by millions of people all over the world.

The history of meditation dates people back during the time when it is a very important constituent of various religions in the Eastern part of the world. Deriving its roots from the Latin word “meditatio,” which means “all types mental or physical exercise,” the meaning of meditation has also evolved through the years. Today, the practice is commonly known as “inward reflection” or “contemplation.”

As years went by, people who practice meditation were able to come up with various disciplines. These involve a very wide range of psychophysical and spiritual aspects—or a combination of both—that can lead to that total enhancement of a person’s higher level of mental concentration as well as spirituality.

People who are planning to get into meditation or just interested in its seemingly limitless possibilities must understand the basics of the ancient spiritual practice and familiarize themselves with the various forms of meditation today that include “Bodhidharma,” “Hinduism,” “Bahá’í Faith,” “Buddhism,” “Christian meditation,” “Islam Meditation,” “Jainism,” “Judaism,” “Sikhism,” and “Taoism.”

Because they are derived from different cultures, individual forms have their own understanding of meditation and also have different sets of practices that come with it. In meditation, it is also very significant to note that these include physical requirements through different physical postures so the practice can be carried out pretty well.

The most popular postures ever since the history of meditation started includes: sitting, supine, and standing. These postures will vary depending on the origin of meditation you wish to follow. It is also important to take note that elements involved in a basic traditional meditation has been large part of the history of meditation. These four elements should include a quiet place, a comfortable posture, a visible object where the person can turn his or her attention to as well as a passive attitude to make the practice truly effective.

Ever since, the history of meditation has inspired a lot of people to increase their level of spirituality as well as enhance the power of their minds. Although there is no definite proof that will trace the history of meditation, people of today as well as of those future generations will continue to practice it because of the benefits it brings.