Achieving the True Spirit of Christmas
Meditation which originates from Vedic Hinduism is adopted by Eastern religion as one of their religious components. In fact, it became the mainstream of Western culture. Although meditation is considered as a simple language, its description varies in two ways. In western culture, meditation is the state wherein the mind is concentrated on one object forgetting about others. While in eastern culture, meditation is the state wherein the mind is switched off. This means nothing is thought about.
Various spiritual practices are adapted to emphasise quiescence or activity. There are several purposes why meditations are done. It includes improving oneself or concentrating one's mind to God in aspects of improving spirituality. Some practices physical yoga for improving their health and to achieve peace.
In Christian traditions, several religious practices are considered as meditations. Lots of these practices are monastic including the Holy Rosary and prayers that focus on Adoration or the Eucharist in Catholic Religion, known as hesychasm in Eastern Orthodoxy. These are similar to Eastern meditation which gives concentration on individual objects.
Meditations in Christianity are usually in prayer forms. Some prayers are primarily made using the intellect upon contemplation of the heavenly mysteries. But meditation or Christian prayer by the heart is a Theosis practice as been defined in the Philokalia. It is because attaining an inner stillness is involved while physical senses are ignored.
Meditation is incorporated by Christians during special occasions including Christmas. Advent recollections in preparation of celebrating the birth of Jesus are conducted.
There are two ways in which meditation is used, the unguided and guided meditation. A guided meditation is done with guidance throughout the meditation procedure. You can do this within a small group guided by a meditation practitioner such as priest and lay ministers or use meditation DVDs or CDs.
Unguided meditations can also be done within a group but no one speaks. The session is carried out in silence accompanied with meditation music. Some sessions are done in isolated locations with a quiet, peaceful, and natural surrounding. Still, nobody speaks. Meditation music is the only sound that can be heard. You can practise unguided meditation well, after taking several sessions of a guided meditation.
There are several advantages of meditations. Besides it being an inward adventurous journey, it helps you discover yourself. It can increase your inner awareness to see the right path of life. Your consciousness about everything can bring clarity, serenity, and bliss harnessing and sensitising your mind power.
If you want real transformation and natural qualities nourishment, then meditation is the best option. The meditation techniques are composed of processes for transforming your thoughts, yourself, and recognising negative thoughts as well as changing those into peaceful and positive thoughts. Meditation can manage your stress so that your mind can experience a sanctuary of peace and value love in your mind and heart. It neutralises emotions to achieve bliss and nirvana. It can make you live longer because mediation creates a platform for a healthier lifestyle.
Christians and in fact anyone of all ages can meditate. Learning this practice can help you improve your daily lives and cope with your environment. If we all obtain inner peace, then it can lead to world peace. And if meditation can heal oneself, therefore it can also heal the world. This is the true spirit of Christmas.