Meditation is defined as the art of unwinding your body, mind and spirit through stillness and engrossment. Meditation can come in numerous forms, and is typically connected to some religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, religions such as Islam and Christianity often use some forms of meditation during spiritual ceremonies and supplications.
Meditation has been recorded as being practiced at least for five thousand years, although much of the history of this meditation is long lost. It is thought that the Buddhists movement beginning sometime around five hundred BC is the earliest known and recorded cases of meditation.
If you are enthused about meditation, you should be cognizant of the various types of meditation you can learn. There are two major kinds of discipline in the Buddhist faith. They are the Samatha and the Vipassana. Samatha is the art of focusing, relaxing your body, and pursuing tranquility so that you may be able to purse Vipassana, which is the art of gaining Insight. Samatha and Vipassana are the bases in which Buddhists seek to reach Enlightenment; The goal of Buddhist religion.
Other forms of meditation are used as methods in which higher enlightenment came be obtained. Japa meditation, for example, is a meditation that applies a strand of supplication beads, or the Mala, to repeat mantras that are supposed to bring peace and clarity to the mind and spirit.
There is an array of tools that are used with meditation, although all you need to meditate is yourself. To allow a high level of comfort, most people use meditation benches, seats or cushions to give themselves the back support they need while meditating. While not all forms of meditation utilize some poses or postures, many do. Japa meditation, as well as many other forms of meditation, use strands of beads. In Christianity, these are called the Rosaries, although they are also called Prayer Beads. In traditional Japa meditation, it is a strand of 108 beads, named the Mala.
Numerous people will utilize comforting music when meditating to help put them in a better state of mind for the meditation. This is popular in certain forms of Zen meditation, as well as in some guided meditations. Music is used in guided meditation as a method in which the teacher can let those listening to reflect and do the meditations that they have been apprised to do. Imagery meditation is other form of meditation that may utilize music, as some forms of music will aid invoke the correct imagery.