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We can also call it “Choiceless Awareness” or “Pure Being”.
Most of the meditation quotes you find speak of this state.
Ok, so you know that meditation has dozens of benefits, and everybody is doing it.
You look for information online or on a bookstore, and see that there are a LOT of different ways of doing meditation, dozens of meditation techniques, and some conflicting information. This article will help you navigate the sea of different practices of seated meditation, briefly explaining each of them, and pointing to further resources.
It is usually practiced in Zen Buddhist centers (Sangha), with strong community support.
It’s the state where the attention is not focused on anything in particular, but reposes on itself – quiet, empty, steady, and introverted.
Nowadays most practitioners sit like this: Or on a chair: The most important aspect, as you see in the pictures, is keeping the back completely straight, from the pelvis to the neck.
Mouth is kept close and eyes are kept lowered, with your gaze resting on the ground about two or three feet in front of you.
Scientists usually classify meditation based on the way they focus attention, into two categories: Focused Attention and Open Monitoring. Focusing the attention on a single object during the whole meditation session.
This object may be the breath, a mantra, visualization, part of the body, external object, etc.It is generally practiced seated on the floor over a mat and cushion, with crossed legs.