What is Meditation?
Tara Brach, a buddhist clinical psychologist, describes meditation as “a training of mental attention that awakens us beyond the conditioned mind and habitual thinking, and reveals the nature of reality. In this guide, the process and the fruit of meditation practice is understood as Natural Presence.”
Edie Anderson, Meditation Instructor at the University of Maryland Health Center describes meditation as:
“A journey inward to the authentic self, the soul that is pure and whole. It is a technology that brings health and healing to mind, body and spirit. The inward journey taken through meditation, if practiced daily, will over time awaken creativity, healing and transformation. Meditation expands our internal reference point from constricted to expanded awareness allowing us to explore our essential nature and restore the memory of our pure wholeness and inner bliss. The silence we can experience in meditation helps to establish an inner quietness in our daily lives providing access to our creativity and enabling us to make more life-affirming choices. Listening to the dialogue of our thoughts quietly opens us up to an awareness of our infinite possibilities, for letting go of thoughts not needed and for allowing our transformation of intention. Meditation is an antidote to stress and a pathway to wholeness and wellness connecting in mind, body and spirit.”
“Sit comfortably with shoes removed and a pillow under your feet if possible or just sit comfortably in a safe place. Close your eyes and just follow your breath, feeling it come into your body and leaving your body with a non-judgemental and gentle awareness.
Allow yourself to let go in mind and body by hearing the vibrational sound of SOOOO as you breathe in and HUUUUMMM as you exhale. As thoughts come up just gently repeat the sound of SOOOOO and HUUUUMMM a little louder as you breathe allowing the thoughts to disappear into the background and eventually away into space. Thoughts and ideas of importance will be recaptured after time spent meditating.”
This photo was captured at the Maryland Chapel, Garden of Reflection and Remembrance, a super relaxing place on campus where you can wind down and destress.
For additional information on how to meditate with Edie Anderson!
- Insight Meditation – Additional Resources for Meditation and Buddhism
- Nytimes Guide to Meditation – A guide by the New York Times on How to Meditate
- New to Meditation? – Podcasts and additional resources by Tara Brach!
- PDF Guide to Establishing Practice – Meditation Facts for Establishing a Practice
- Insight Timer – Meditate with people all over the World!
- Spirit Rock – An Insight Meditation Center – an introduction to insight meditation and mindfulness