What is Meditation?

Meditation can be a state or a practice.  It is a broad term that includes many different types of practices that can be either secular or religious in nature.  Its’ techniques can fall into two main categories: focused attention and nonjudgmental observation.

Meditation is most often done with your body in a comfortable and steady position, preferably seated. However, meditation can also be practiced lying down, walking or while preforming your daily routine. According Sri Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, what we commonly call meditation (Dhyana) is classically considered concentration (Dharana).  He indicates that meditation is an effortless flow of attention whereas concentration requires effort.  When we regularly practice meditation and/or concentration it can induce self generating states of relaxation, compassion, peace, and joy.


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