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To Westerners, the word meditation can mean a focused state of mind in personal reflection. The word meditation, comes from the Latin root "mederi", which means "to heal". Efforts by which to heal a burdened mind, a wounded ego, by finding a solution to a problem, to "fix it" by analyzing possible outcomes. To meditate, is to deepen one's understanding.

However in the East, meditation doesn't call for thought processes much at all but rather, focusing on a spiritual ideal, to be one with that ideal, or of surrendering thoughts to becoming "one" with the eternal consciousness of the spiritual ideal.

In keeping with Zen, meditation doesn't involve any ideal at all, but is an observance of inner silence, and releasing the mind from the physical world. In other words, practicing just sitting while allowing random thoughts to come and go like clouds passing by in the sky.

According to the Yoga of Patanjali, meditation involves the practice of three steps:

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    pratyahara - or abstraction, or removing the filters of the mind from the sensory perceptions of objects, thoughts, and memory
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    dharana - or concentration of presence
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    dhyana - or contemplation, not to be confused with "thinking", but of "feeling" absorbed and at one with an ideal

The purpose of meditation does not mean to simply reduce stress while sitting still and listening to the grass grow. Though meditation can lend itself to that practice, observing silence can seem rather unresourceful without some sort of spiritual aspiration or healing contemplation back of it.

Yet, gaining the ability to witness a quiet beauty is not something that comes easy to most people. It can seem rather dull or lathargic simply sitting and doing nothing, which is not the purpose of meditation. It takes many years of dedicated practice for those who attain the ability to contemplate clearly without distraction.

And, too much mental exhaustion ​can lead to restlessness, mental chaos, and confusion for those just learning how to meditate. This coupled with the amount of time required to master such dedicated practice daily, may seem like an activity far out of reach for some. It is for ​overcoming these obstacles the ParallaxMind​™ Guided Meditation System was created.

12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation from Healthline.com
(​authored by Matthew Thorpe, MD, PhD on July 5, 2017)

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    ​Reduces Stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation.
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    Controls Anxiety. Less stress translates to less anxiety​.
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    Promotes Emotional Health.
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    Enhances Self-Awareness.
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    Lengthens Attention Span.
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    May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss.
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    Can Generate Kindness​.
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    May Help Fight Addictions.
  9. 9
    Improves Sleep.
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    Helps Control Pain.
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    Can Decrease Blood Pressure.
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    You Can Meditate Anywhere & Anytime.

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