Meaning of Meditation

The use of the word meditation is as varied as its origin.
In 1200’s it was used to refer to prayer and devotion. Old French meditacion refered to study, reflection and thought. Latin meditationem is a process of thinking over.  Greek medesthai refers to thinking about.  Sanskrit midiur is,  “I judge, I estimate.
Most of these references limit the act of meditation to the realm of mind and thought. When we are lost in thought, we often lose sight of our true nature which is the thinker of thought, impossible to be analyzed by thinking process.
The masters who act as guide to recognize and express our true spiritual self that is soul, use the term meditation in a different way. They use it as a gateway constructed by thought but not necessarily ending with it.
The spiritual reference to meditation is focused on the Spirit and not thought.
All forms of meditation has benefits. However the benefits are limited to the way we use meditation.
For example, using meditation as part of a personalized workout plan allows unnecessary mental tensions to leave the body so that the muscles can go through full range of motion. Mental tensions tighten the muscles and prevent full range of motion that in turn reduces the impact of an exercise.
On the other hand if your interest is to reach enlightenment, meditation steps including what you mediate on comes from the spiritual master who has reached and can assist you in reaching the stage of consciousness you desire.

Deep Breathing Connection

Connecting with the spiritual self, provides a stable source of confidence that is not shaken by daily events and external turmoil.

Various forms of meditation help millions of people around the world in their pursuit of connecting to their spiritual self.

Breathing techniques is part of many of these meditation forms. Here is a simplified look at how breathing techniques can help boost your confidence.

Part of our perception of self is driven from our nervous system that includes our brain.  Low self-esteem is often exasperated during tests, job interviews and deadlines.

What happens during stressful situations?

Our brain and our body enter into “fight or flight” response.

The only two options for this response are to flee from danger or prepare to fight. Neither of these conditions requires higher brain functions.

The hormones released, including adrenaline, are focused on to improve the performance of the lungs, heart and muscles.

Breathing becomes shallow, heart rate increases and muscles tense up. The blood flow increases to your muscles and away from other parts of the body including your mouth. That is why the mouth goes dry.

Digestion slows down as well, and your higher brain functions are suspended.

It becomes hard to think. Whatever preparation you have had goes out the door because you no longer can access it.

What do breathing techniques do?

They help you slow down and deepen your breathing. They help you calm your emotions and heart rate, and they relax your muscles.

In short, through practice, you can consciously exit the “fight or flight” response, and you can think.

Your ability to think during the stressful situation allows you to access the information you have stored for a test, to reach hours of practice you have had for the job interview and present what you have accomplished for the review period.

One of the positive outcomes of your ability to control  “fight or flight” response is enhanced confidence.