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Meditation Zen

What is meditation Zen? What does it do? How does it work? Where did it come from? All of those are probably questions that you were thinking when you saw the title Meditation Zen at the top of this page or clicked a link to get to this page. Over the next few minutes I’m going to answer those questions for you and help you to understand the nature of meditation Zen.

I think it is important to understand what Zen is and how does it relate to meditation? Firstly the word Zen has a meaning of its own, it is derived from the Sanskrit language which is one of the 23 official languages of India and the Sanskrit word Dhyana which means a type of meditation. Zen essentially is a type of meditation or a meditation technique as most people call it, which can open your eyes to your true nature and live an awakened life.

The art of Zen meditation has been around for thousands of years, mainly in the Far East but much more recently it has made its way across the water to the west and is becoming more and more mainstream and respected by the west. Many ‘westerners’ have traveled to Asia to learn the art of meditation in order to come back to the west to introduce it to others to help our fast paced and hectic lives become more relaxed and stress free, something that people in the Far East have been experiencing for many years now.

Meditation Zen is a way of separating yourself from the day to day stresses of life to enable you to leave behind all the noise and hustle and bustle of life, and withdraw into yourself, because during meditation you are discovering insight into the nature of yourself and your mind is focusing purely on the moment, not the past or the future. 

In the practice of meditation it is important not to get hung up on quick results, meditation along with many other things, takes time, there are no quick fixes for contemplation, it will come with time. Many people will suggest meditating every day and for varying times like five or ten minutes, some people meditate for longer periods like twenty, thirty or even forty minutes but you should not start out thinking you should be doing that also. You should only meditate for a period of time that suits you and once your experience and confidence grows, so will the time period for your meditation. You may also find that if you enter a state of rumination for too long then your body may start to ache or your feet may go to sleep, if this happens you should stop, for meditating whilst in pain will not help you and you will find it increasingly difficult to reach a contemplative place.

In order to get the most from your time of deliberation it is best that you practice Zen on a daily basis and at a time that best suits you, be that in the mornings or at night, ideally you should be preparing to enter a state of reflection when all around you is at peace and your surroundings are calm and quiet. That way you can enter a meditative state of thought and consideration much more easily and once you learn to do that regularly it will become much easier for you to meditate.

By Mary Jones

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