Meditation is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Countries like India, China and Japan lay claim to its origin so we can’t say for sure where it first began; however, most experts agree that its original purpose was a desire to understand the conscious mind. Today meditation is used across the world as both a spiritual and physical tool.
Meditation is influenced by both the Buddhist and Hindu philosophy, but there are other religions that have elements of meditation. Those who practice meditation for spiritual benefits believe that it opens the mind to divine influence and can serve as a form of prayer. In this case the purpose of meditation is to attain an increased understanding of spiritual truths.
Meditation can involve techniques of physical and mental relaxation. Sitting or lying in a relaxed position and including deep breathing are a central part of…
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