Types, Styles & Stages of Meditations
There is so much of confusion around the word Meditation. The simplest has been made most complex and complicated. An ancient practice has become an industry with the essentials being left behind. This was bound to happen with teachers & trainers with no strong foundations or moorings in the traditional systems of learning but wanting to make a quick buck!
Meditation is popularly used instead of the Sanskrit word - dhyana which is actually only one of the six steps in an 8-step system taught by Rishi Patanjali. It is actually an outcome of 3 different steps beginning with dharana, dhyana & samadhi.
One cannot actually "DO" a meditation. One can only "become" meditative. This is true dhyana which then leads to Samadhi - a balanced state of mind.
One can meditate only with right understanding, and after going through all the preliminary steps.
We are not talking of exceptions here.
So, if you are struggling to meditate and you believe that you have a 'troublesome' mind or a mind riddled with any psychological imbalances, a qualified teacher alone can guide you out of such obstacles. Without pills! The teacher or trainer himself must have experienced all the states of mind to guide the learner safely out of it.
The confusion about Meditation is because of one not knowing the difference between:
1. Types/Styles of Meditations (takes you through breadth)
2. Stages of Meditations (takes you through the depths)
While there can be more than 100 types & styles of meditations(with new ones being invented and conjured up each day), every meditation necessarily goes through a core of 4 stages - attention, concentration, expansion & Samadhi. The goal of every meditation is to discover what is 'Oneness' or 'Consciousness' and to then discover that consciousness as yourself. It must necessarily lead one to study of consciousness and one's own nature.
Relaxation, stress relief, memory improvement, improvement in power to concentrate & health benefits are mere ancillaries or offshoots to the main goal of understanding oneself.
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