Technically speaking meditation is the principal tool the Vedic seers describe in the Rig Veda for attaining a state of consciousness and oneness. The primary form of mediation was through mantra (the repetitive singing of certain sounds). The sounds themselves are put forth of divine expression, undiluted by thought.
However, mediation is such a broad term; the meaning and ways of practicing are unique to the individual. There really is no right or wrong way to do it, however the most common forms used are repeating mantras or using various breath techniques. Meditation assists in clearing the mind in allowing you to experience the present moment; the practice of meditation focuses on “the now” rather than worrying about what may of happened before or what may potentially happen in the future.
The little voices make a lot of noise in your head. Meditating is simply sitting alone with yourself; without a phone, computer or a vibration from anything or anyone. Although it may seem frightening to unplug, it’s necessary to block out the noise and hush down those creepy voices upstairs for many reasons.
Believe it or not meditation’s service works better than any pill or alcohol. The art of mediation has priceless payoffs such as a calm relaxed mind, and relief from built up stress and anxiety ergo better overall health. Improved clarity and concentration, thus more productive by allowing attention to the important matters and ease about sifting through the rest. Like anything worth having it does take work and patience, but like any practice you’ll get better at it and eventually it will be effortless. It’s one addiction you won’t need to quit.
The best part about meditating is that you can do it anywhere as often as you want. Although some forms of exercise may be mediative like hiking, spinning or yoga, you don’t need to exercise nor do you need any equipment or tools to meditate. The practice doesn’t need to be long, a minute or two to take some long deep inhales and exhales at your desk is all you need sometimes. To begin meditating, allow yourself 5-10 minutes per day in the morning before your day or to decompress at the end of you day, however it’s truly personal and up to you on how long you need to cultivate your calmness.