People turn to meditation to ease stress; it is even suggested by doctors. Meditating brings an ease of the mind when it is overrun by pressures and issues. There are many different meditative practices and most are independently performed, unless the person is participating in a group chant.
One misconception of meditation is that it is a prayer, which it is not. It is not worship either. Meditation literally means “awareness” – and in a meditation session, you will be aware of your breath and aware of sounds, smells, feelings, vision and tastes, yet your senses become passive. In Tibet the word for meditation is “gom” which means familiarise. A person meditating will familiarise themselves with positivity and employ a healthy state of mind.
The purpose of meditation is to improve the quality of life and decrease health issues. A person meditating will forget about negativity and instead develop wisdom and insight. By sitting comfortably in a quiet place with half opened blinds and focusing on the present, careful breathing will clear your mind so you can look at your thoughts and noting the fears felt inside.
There are said to be seven approaches to enlightenment. These are through Desire, Prayer, Mental Reflection, Straight Meditation, Worship, Invocation & Evocation and Ashramic Meditation. By working with these methods, you will work up towards your final goal of relaxation.