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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
transcendental meditation
▪ A follow-up study that looks at the long-term effects of transcendental meditation and muscle relaxation is expected to be completed in August.
▪ The study found that transcendental meditation was twice as effective as muscle relaxation in reducing blood pressure.
▪ a peaceful place for reading and quiet meditation
▪ Priests perform daily meditations at the temple.
▪ Yoga involves breathing exercises, stretching and meditation.
▪ A Louisiana statute authorizing a brief period of silent meditation was also challenged by students.
▪ According to the legend, Bodhidharma fell asleep in the course of an extremely long meditation.
▪ For meditation, yoga or for a philosophical discussion, try a blend of frankincense, myrrh and cedarwood.
▪ His meditation became a poem, his thinking became a song.
▪ In prayerful meditation you concentrate on communication on a spiritual level.
▪ Like Zen meditation, sensory awareness is not a teaching but a practice....
▪ So here I am extolling the worth of twenty minutes' silent meditation as a means of renewing and refreshing your channels.
▪ There are more prayers and meditations.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Meditation \Med`i*ta"tion\, n. [OE. meditacioun, F. m['e]ditation, fr. L. meditatio.]

  1. The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation; reflection; musing.

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.
    --Ps. xix. 14.

  2. Thought; -- without regard to kind. [Obs.]

    With wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "contemplation; devout preoccupation; devotions, prayer," from Old French meditacion "thought, reflection, study," and directly from Latin meditationem (nominative meditatio) "a thinking over, meditation," noun of action from past participle stem of meditari "to meditate, think over, reflect, consider," frequentative form from PIE root *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures" (cognates: Greek medesthai "think about," medon "ruler;" Latin modus "measure, manner," modestus "moderate," modernus "modern," mederi "to heal," medicus "physician;" Sanskrit midiur "I judge, estimate;" Welsh meddwl "mind, thinking;" Gothic miton, Old English metan "to measure;" also see medical).\n

\nMeaning "discourse on a subject" is early 14c.; meaning "act of meditating, continuous calm thought upon some subject" is from late 14c. The Latin verb also had stronger senses: "plan, devise, practice, rehearse, study."


n. 1 A devotional exercise of, or leading to contemplation 2 A contemplative discourse, often on a religious or philosophical subject.

  1. n. continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge" [syn: speculation]

  2. (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)


Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force ( qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training.

Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term "meditation" can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state. Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as "being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself." In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.

Meditation (disambiguation)

__NOTOC__ Meditation refers to any of a family of techniques that involve the self-induction of a mode of consciousness in order to realize some benefit.

Meditation may also refer to:

Meditation (Antônio Carlos Jobim song)

"Meditation" ("Meditação" in Portuguese) is a song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonça and English lyrics by Norman Gimbel.

Meditation (Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet album)

Meditation (subtitle: Aspect of Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet) is a jazz album by pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and her quartet, recorded in Tokyo in late February 1971 and released in Japan by Dan Records.

Méditation (Thaïs)

"Méditation" is a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet. The piece is written for solo violin and orchestra. The opera premiered at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on March 16, 1894.

Meditation (Bobby Miller album)

Meditation is the fifth studio album produced by Bobby Miller. It was recorded in 2003.

Meditation (writing)

A meditation (derived from the Latin meditatio, from a verb meditari, meaning "to think, contemplate, devise, ponder") is a written work or a discourse intended to express its author's reflections, or to guide others in contemplation. Often they are an author's musings or extended thoughts on deeper philosophical or religious questions.

Examples of meditations are:

  • Thomas Traherne's Centuries of Meditations
  • T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets
  • Meditations a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy
  • Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes


Meditation (George Coleman and Tete Montoliu album)

Meditation (also released as Dynamic Duo) is an album of duets by the American saxophonist George Coleman and Spanish pianist Tete Montoliu recorded in early 1977 and released on the Dutch label, Timeless.

Usage examples of "meditation".

And so, as if he were a worthy Architect properly gowned and cleansed, he opened the door to the meditation hall and stepped inside.

Living religious traditions begin to degenerate when their followers replace effective spiritual purification, attentional training, and contemplative inquiry with sterile liturgies, ritualistic meditations, and contemplative exercises pursued with the sense that the practitioner already knows their outcome.

I discovered that meditation was a way in which I could enter into a nonintrusive, nonabandoning attentiveness to each feeling as it arose, endured, and passed away within me.

Within the first few moments of sitting in meditation you may discover yourself slipping away from present-moment attentiveness into your customary round of thoughts, memories, and concerns.

In his Meditations, he thanks the gods, who had bestowed on him a wife so faithful, so gentle, and of such a wonderful simplicity of manners.

He who is developed far beyond the level possible to the bourgeois, he who knows the bliss of meditation no less than the gloomy joys of hatred and self-hatred, he who despises law, virtue and common sense, is nevertheless captive to the bourgeoisie and cannot escape it.

The massive reef in the distance, perceptible in the dark, that gigantic base of my tomb so newly begun on the banks of the Tiber, suggested to me no regret at the moment, no terror nor vain meditation upon the brevity of life.

Whether we choose mediumship, palmistry, astrology, meditation, imagery, visualization or any number of other possibilities, the only prerequisites necessary seem to be that we keep an open mind and make the effort to try something.

They crossed the overbridge, saying farewell to Chardin, who was too lost in his meditations of the stream to even notice, and soon discovered that the structure beside the miniature stable was an experimental farm.

And then, yielding to meditations of future success, partaking strongly of the inexperienced and sanguine temperament of the soliloquist, Clarence passed the hours till his pillow summoned him to dreams no less ardent and perhaps no less unreal.

Prayers and Meditations, gave me Les Pensees de Paschal, that I might not interrupt him.

Abulafia gave his students a traditional formula for meditation on three verses in Exodus, each of which contained seventy-two letters that could be permutated to form the Name.

Thereupon Pinga said: Interrupt my meditation, and I will curse the city, so as to deprive it of both sun and rain.

You can easily find time to include exercise and activity, as well as a 2-minute meditation or other stress reducer, if you plan ahead.

I sat down on the floor in the position known as seiza, which is used for meditation in the iojo.