The English word meditation means contemplation, i.e. detachment from the outside world, or, in the words of the greatest master of meditation of the XX century. Bhagwana Shri Rajneesh is the "state of no-mind".
Those. meditation is a state in which we move away from rational, practical, pragmatic mental processes - in order to take a break from them. The mind, like any structure in our being, must rest. How can he rest?
Of course, you need to get out of the sphere of your work, the sphere of workload.
But to get out, you have to get out SOMEWHERE. And this "somewhere" should not be some kind of emptiness, not just some kind of "doing nothing", but a certain "out-of-mind" process.
When we, having left the hustle and bustle of business, simply go "to nowhere", our mind usually cannot calm down by itself and continues to be active.
TO STILL THE MIND, YOU NEED TO ENGAGE IT IN SOME SPECIALIZED PROCESS. And just such a process in English is called by this word - "meditation".
Those. every time we are in a state where the mind is silent, that is meditation. For example:
- When we enthusiastically watch a movie or a theatrical production, this is meditation.
- When we selflessly listen to good music and we are "carried away" - this is meditation.
- When we are skiing or snowboarding, and all the attention in this rapid process is meditation.
- When we love "losing our heads" - this is meditation.
- When we are deeply immersed in prayer, this is also meditation.
That is, meditation is a state NATURAL, SIMPLE IN ITS ESSENCE, along with sleep or creativity, which has an extremely diverse health-improving effect - both physical, and bioenergetic, and psychological.