What Is Meditation?


Please Enjoy This Post By Guest Blogger Michael Domeyko Rowland.

You can gain such extraordinary results from practicing meditation that they will stun and amaze you. Your life will be filled with a pleasure and ease that surpasses any other experience. You will find that you will become more creative, happy, intelligent and healthy by practicing it regularly. But you must be taught it correctly, as there are various highways and byways that will take up your time and result in you losing interest or not gaining the results that are available for you.

There is much confusion about what meditation actually is and this is because there are so many well meaning, but under informed and untrained people teaching it. Many practices that are stated to be meditation are nothing more than guided visualization or stress release. Pleasant though they may be, they will never bring you the jewels of your own inner being. Let’s look at the three very important facts you must know if you are to be successful at meditating.

Meditation is the oldest art-science of human life. It has been consistently practiced for thousands of years by all cultures in the world, without exception. The founders of all religions, philosophical schools and therefore civilizations, have been meditators. The reason being that it delivers tremendous, measurable benefits to peoples lives that are experienced as a direct result of the practice. It is also the only means of removing all the contractions of your psycho-physical organism and, as a result, awakening the higher faculties of the brain-mind complex, including genius, artistic abilities and psychic powers that are latent in all human beings.

True meditation is based on the ability to increase internal concentration. This ability allows you to explore the depths of your own mind, to bring the unconscious to consciousness. So this is the first factor: Ensure the method you learn increases your ability to concentrate internally. There are techniques that suggest you listen to a mantra (an inner sound or repeated phrase) and allow your mind to wander off. This is entirely wrong. Meditation is a warriors art. Not in any sense aggressive, but in the alertness and awareness required to remain conscious as you explore the internal universe, the subconscious and unconscious. Otherwise you are merely day dreaming or sleeping. Also avoid listening to music, or other sounds, through head phones, or those glasses that flash in your eyes, or other toys. These are all diversions and an irrelevancy to the serious meditator.

Meditation can also bring great health benefits and is now used by the medical profession to enhance healing and recovery from illness. This acceptance by the mainstream has started to unravel the myth of meditation, which was that it is a practice used by old hippies or by people with weak minds who were easily manipulated by gurus of various types. It is also watched warily by some of the mainstream religions as they are losing many of their clients to the various meditation schools that are available. Some of these religions or cults even teach that if you meditate you will allow the ‘devil’ into you, because, in their belief, when you are closing your eyes and looking within you are ‘unprotected’. This ludicrous suggestion is of course immediately silenced when they are told that everyone does this every night when they go to sleep!


So the second point is that you must retain your own integrity and not give over the power of your life to any group or organization or individual. Learn from a great teacher, but do not get involved in becoming a door mat or slave, regardless of how attractive this avenue may initially appear. I was trained as a teacher of meditation over a seven year period. My teacher was an extraordinary man, a genius and fully enlightened and worshipped as a living saint in India and many other Western countries. But every day he always said: ‘Meditate on your own Self, kneel to your own Self, worship your own Self, your God dwells within you as you’. He wasn’t talking about the ego or the personality, but the very life force itself, that essence of yourself that is the source of your life. In other words, it is within you, not outside in the hands of someone else or some institution, who may only really want your money.

Meditation, when it is practiced correctly, allows you to consciously enter the dream world and explore it. You can enjoy a totally new level of experience, unknown in the outside world. It is also actually the easiest way of becoming fully alive. In life you have two choices, like every other living thing: You either grow or stagnate and die. Growth means that you express more of life’s energy everything you do. You live to the full, you give and receive, you create and you relate, you love and you inspire, using each opportunity to open to more of life’s sweet, blissful energy.

The third point is to make sure that whichever meditation path you follow you use one that actually opens up your whole being to an ever increasing flow of energy. And not just physical fitness, even though that is important for good health, but more the latent energetic forces that await within your self that will take you to the highest realms of human experience and fill you with a staggering, expanded view of life and an ecstasy and love that allows you to live in awe and humour every moment of your being. Meditation when properly learnt and practiced is truly the master key to life.

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    28 replies to "How To Meditate!"

    • Deb Cialfi

      Hi Wendy,

      This article was really great! I first started meditating to help relieve my chronic migraines. After years of practice, I am now able to wander and explore my mind like never before. Meditation has changed my life. Keep up the great work!

    • vibodha

      Awesome article about the meditation

    • Evolve

      Hi Wendy
      This is a great post. Solid tips, will try to put them into practice
      All the best

    • Wendy

      I am very glad that this helped you Krutika

    • Wendy

      Thank you OCW

    • Krutika Bhoot

      Thanks Wendy for sharing such information. Meditation is the best way to achieve the peace in your life. It relieve stress and we feel relax. I have started meditation, and I feeling good to do that. Early morning meditation is very effective according to my experience.

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    • OCW

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for this article. Meditation brings great health benefits and peace of mind. This is an article worth sharing.

    • Jeevan shetty

      Hi, Wendy, nice piece of information meditation has become one of the most popular ways to relieve stress among people from all walks of life and meditation can also help us to understand our own mind thank you for sharing this post.

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    • john snow

      Awesome article… thanks for help, I am looking on Internet from last few days, finally found it in your article.

    • Jofin John


      Meditation was always passion of my life and I’m following it from many years. It was really refreshing to read this article.

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    • Isabelle

      This is a wonderful and insightful article on meditation. I have always been fascinated by the various ways that one can incorporate meditation into their routine. I love the part when you state that meditation opens up the flow of energy 🙂

    • Aimee

      Thumbs up for this article because I strongly believe in the power and great benefits of meditation.

    • psychicGuy

      Wow great post 100% right , I love meditation as a spiritualist And a paranormal researcher and former psychic I to love the aspect of meditation .

    • Wendy

      Hey Linda, You can go to YouTube and find a nice audio file there to listen to while meditating or get a free download of the Zen 12 program where you can learn to meditate with this 12 minute program which is a good way to get started, right here at

    • Sue

      I love meditation <3. Thanks for the read i appreciate it
      – Sue

    • Edward

      In addition to the very powerful arguments for meditation listed by Michael Domeyko Rowland in his very well written post, it should be noted that recent research has shown that meditation improves focus, helps with the decision making process, enhances concentration, helps reduce anger and improves mental performance.

    • Pastor Moses

      Meditation is very important for quieting your mind, releasing stress and to maintain balance in your mind, body and spirit. Thanks.

    • Linda

      Hi! I have been searching for tips on how to meditate, I am living abroad right now and assisting to sessions of meditation with healers who work with guide angels (or that’s what I have been told at that meditation center), thing is I have never meditated by myself and it is something that I would like to try too.

      Is there an audio we can hear during those sessions or it is not recommended to do that?

      Thanks a lot


      Awesome article… thanks for help, I am looking on Internet from last few days, finally found it in your article.

    • Meditation Retreats

      Hi Wendy

      Thanks for the article. The inner silence that meditation brings in not comparable to anything else in the world.

    • Pablo

      Interesting article. Ive been researching meditation for a report and have been having a hard time getting such a concise answer.

      One question, do you ever have psychosymantic side effects in meditation (false feelings, etc.)

      Thank you!

    • Wendy

      Thanks Ray, glad you enjoyed the post!

    • Ray Lee

      Meditation keeps our mind fresh. I love this millions dollars post. Thanks for sharing.


    • Wendy

      Hi Laura, I’m glad you got some value from this post and thank you for posting your lovely comment!
      See you here again soon,

    • Laura Trostel

      I love meditation! I think this is the number one step to opening up your intuitive abilities. This is a really indepth post as well. I was thinking of writing a post on meditation and would like to link to this one for reference as well!
      Thanks so much,

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