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July 11, 2016

The Meditative Mind

Meditate verb. to think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.

The mind is like a river, it is always flowing and coursing with thought. We often fall into the river of thought and get swept away, surfacing at some point down-stream, and wondering how we got there. Meditation allows us to sit on the banks of the river of thought and observe it, without attachment, without getting swept away. Meditation is a means of training the mind to stay present, to acknowledge the thoughts as they come and allowing them to go without following them into the rapids. In meditation we sit. Yes, just sit, we do not “do” anything.

This may sound like a superb waste of time, how and why would we want to just “sit”? Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits. Meditation engages the parasympathetic nervous system and activates the “relaxation response”. This is a term coined...

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