In today in America we live in a fast pace society where people take on a lot of responsibilities. Taking on too much can lead to stress and physical illnesses. There are a number of things people can do to reduce stress like exercise and eating healthy. Practicing meditation can be influential on both a person’s physical and mental health.
Meditation is… a systematic technique for taking hold of and concentrating to the utmost degree our latent mental power” (Eknath 9). Meditation originated in Southeast Asia over 2,500 years ago from the Buddha’s teachings. Interestingly enough, the Buddha was not what most artists depict him as today. He was not really some obese man, and the “fat Buddha” actually represents a Buddhist monk who lived long after the Buddha. The Buddha’s were originally given orally, which is why many of his teachings are in list, to be easier to remember. The Buddha’s teachings are followed as a way of life. There are no rules in Buddhism- there are simply steps.
The four noble truths are the main teachings of Buddhism, along with the eightfold path. The four noble truths are meant to be the steps to end suffering. The first noble truth is life means suffering. Suffering is going to happen in life and many believe there is nothing you can do about it. Second, the origin of suffering is attachment. This means suffering is caused when people cling to things, ideas, or even other people. Thirdly, the cessation of suffering is attainable. Which can be translated to mean there is a way to end suffering. And finally, there is a path to the cessation, which means the path to end suffering, is meditation and the eightfold path.
The eightfold path is the way people should live to end suffer...
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..., but when in fact it does not. Many people make the excuse for not meditating because they believe it will interfere with their belief in God, when in most cases that’s not true. For example, depending on the person’s faith, prayer is a personal thing along with meditation. When people pray they often talk to God or think quietly about a prayer. These can also be forms of meditation. Although meditation has its differences. For example, prayer is mostly a type of communication between a “believer” and a God. When in some sorts of meditation, like Transcendental meditation, there is the belief in many Gods. Though its assumed that meditation creates a disadvantage for a “believer” it actually strengthens that relationship between the two. “The purpose for Christian meditation will be to realize the unity of all personality with the personality of Christ” (Swani 96).
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