History of Meditation
Meditation can be traced back to hundreds of years BC and is found in virtually every culture. The methods and processes vary from each philosophy, but the end goal is the same– to achieve awareness of your inner self by suspending conscious thought. Depending on where the particular philosophy of meditation is derived will determine how deeply spiritual the process may be. Eastern cultures have a spiritual philosophy referring to meditation, while Western cultures tend to take a less religious approach. In the most recent years, meditation refers to the actions involved in quieting the mind and body, allowing oneself to become aware of the self inside your consciousness.
Whether you are looking for a spiritual awakening, or just a way to relax after a stressful day, meditation can be a useful tool. When used properly, over long periods of time, it can help heal your body, mind, and soul by allowing your mind to be stress free, if only for a few minutes at a time.