Meditation is often used as a common term for methods within the philosophical practice of the East. Meditation is a tool used when working on the mind. How meditation works depends on what you want to achieve in meditating. Buddhism has only an overall goal that is to acknowledge the nature of the mind.
There are different directions within meditation and within Buddhism (as we practice) there are three types of meditation;
The techniques can be practiced individually or in combination.
If you meditate on a daily practice, meditation practice becomes a laboratory in which you work with the possibilities of the mind. In Tibetan is called meditation Gom. It means practicing, and that is precisely what meditation is about. You practice exercising your mind and let it rest in itself.
Having a peaceful mind has great value, though it is not as often recognized or appreciated as much here in the West as in the East.
When thoughts, conversations and noise from others in the mind calm down, we have access to deeper levels of our consciousness. A combination of an active brain (which explores the world and the environment) and a calm mind (which brings clarity and balance into our consciousness) that work together gives us a starting point for what direction our energy should go and how to make the right choices in life.
This will lead to the best development of ourselves as human beings, and we will also become a source of inspiration for other people.
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