The Meditation Center
One Minute Introductory Videos
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
Is Meditation for You?
Motivation is key to beginning and continuing to learn the skill of meditation. For example, we all experience stressful conditions both at work and at home. Our minds respond differently to these conditions and depending on how trained our mind is, we respond either skillfully or unskillfully to the conditions we face each day and each moment.
If your view of life includes the following two factors:
- Having admirable friends really matters
- My intentions and actions matter and I view my actions from the perspective of... Will these present actions lead me to long-term happiness or stress?
Then meditation will likely enhance your efforts. However, if you believe that everything in your life is already determined or that things just happen to you randomly, then chances are good that meditation will not work for you.
A properly trained meditator will continue to meditate because they know they have developed, and continue to develop skills that reduce stress and anxiety while also becoming better members of society. A trained mind that knows it center is in the best possible position to make decisions under stressful conditions. This is the goal of each trainee. The skill is not easy, but definitely progressive when there is proper motivation and good instruction.
It is important to consider that meditation is not itself religious as all the major religions in our society have a meditation component to them. Meditation is a skill (when practiced in the context of seeking skillful results) that will strengthen the mind through progressively reducing ignorance as to how the mind works.
What is the science behind Meditation?