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History of Meditation

The earliest written records come from Hindu traditions, in India, of Vendatism from around 1500 BCE. Vendatism is a school of philosophy and is one of the earliest known Indian paths for spiritual enlightenment. Other forms of meditation are then cited around the 6th and 5th centuries BCE within Taoist China and Buddhist India.

a buddhist monk meditating in nature

The precise origins are heavily debated, especially around Buddhist meditation (Wynne, 2007). Some early written accounts of the different states of meditation in Buddhism in India can be found in the sutras of the Pāli Canon, which dates back to the 1st century BCE. The Pāli Canon is a collection of scriptures from the Theravada Buddhist tradition>

Some evidence has also connected meditative practices with Judaism, thought to be inherited from its earlier traditions. The Torah (the first five books of the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible) contains a description of the patriarch Isaac going to ‘lasuach’ in a field. This term is generally understood as being some form of meditation (Kaplan, 1985).

How to Meditate

Benefits of meditation

Meditation often comes hand in hand woth mindfulness, therefore it shares many of the benefits, such as stress-relief, increased creativity, and improved mood. Meditation is not only a mindful practice, but also a spiritual practice, which bring with it its own set of benefits, including a sense of being one with the universe, expanded consciousness, improved intuition, personal transformation and connecting with ones higher self