Meditation can be a confusing term. I was trying to work out what it really means to meditate this afternoon. So of course, I googled it.
1: to train, calm, or empty the mind
2 : to engage in contemplation or reflection
3: to engage in devotional contemplation, especially prayer.
4 : to engage in mental exercise (as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness
Quite a few different definitions as you can see.
The first one? Not necessarily my cup of tea.
The idea that meditating is ’emptying your mind’ is what stops a lot of people from meditating. It’s this fear that we are ‘doing it wrong’ because emptying the mind of all thoughts is really, really tough. Try plonking your butt down for 10 minutes and think about NOTHING. I’d say 99% of the population would find that near impossible.