Meditation - recharge your batteries from your inner balance

Meditation accompanied people in ancient cultures as a spiritual practice. Depending on tradition and technique, it serves to find one's own center, to gain knowledge, to train perception, to calm body, soul and spirit and to achieve esoteric or occult goals. Meditation can be learned by anyone and can, among other things, help to reduce stress.

What actually is meditation?

Meditation is about concentration and conscious attention. Attention and concentration are not to be understood in the sense of strenuous brain activity. The attention in the here and now is trained, the value-free observation and perception. Focusing this attention is the concentrative aspect. This becomes clearer when you look at the origin of the word: the Latin counterpart is "meditatio", translated "to ponder", "to find the middle", the ancient Greek term is "medonai", which also means "to ponder". Concentration is derived from the Latin "concentra", where "con" can be translated as "together" and "centra" as "in the middle" or "at the center". Meditation therefore has something to do with sensual attention, one's center, the essence of something, of emotions, thoughts, sounds or images.

Forms and techniques of meditation

A distinction is made between active and passive meditation. In passive meditation, you adopt a calm posture while sitting or lying down; you rarely meditate standing up. The attention is focused on breathing, emotions, pure body awareness, certain thoughts, an image inside or outside, a scent or sounds, often generated by a gong or a drum. Guided meditations, accompanied by words and sounds, are also part of the passive form of meditation. Such serve different purposes, for example to accompany you on an inner journey to a place of power, to throw off ballast or also a regression.

Active meditation techniques include those associated with certain postures, breathing techniques, and inner awareness, such as in hatha yoga. The repeated chanting of mantras, chants and conscious walking can also be used actively in meditation. Mixed forms of different techniques are also possible.

Meditation is contextual.

A meditation always takes place in a certain context:

- You just let your feelings or thoughts flow freely and focus your attention solely on them.
- You create a certain image within yourself, perhaps of a calm mountain lake, and essentially perceive all impressions.
- You concentrate completely on your breath and consciously breathe in and out.
- You give yourself completely to a scent, experience it sensually, register what impressions are happening inside you.
- You repeat a mantra with concentration and focus your attention on it, blocking out everything else.

Through any type of meditation, you can generate positive thoughts or feelings, relax deeply, free your mind, throw off mental baggage, train your sensual, sensitive perception and start your everyday life again strengthened.