History of Meditation

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The history of meditation goes back thousands of years to ancient times. Though no specific date exists regarding its origination it is widely accepted that it dates back to 500B.C. with the life of Buddha.

The Buddha's Story
After living a luxurious life under the protective hand of his father, young Siddhartha (later called Buddha) suddenly one day became aware of the harsh realities outside his protected world. Seeing the poverty and suffering compelled him to search for answers for the suffering of humanity. At the age of 30 he found enlightenment through meditation.

He spent the rest of his life teaching his methods and individuals followed his teachings by the thousands. Today Buddha's teachings remain a major component of Buddhist beliefs.

The Sage
The history of meditation continues with the Indian sage Patanjali, he describes meditation as the process of "self realization." His meditation method for "self realization" was a closely kept secret to be passed on from a Guru to his disciple after a long period of discipline and purification of body and mind.

The teachings were finally allowed to be translated in written Sanskrit text for the population of India, by saint Gyaneshwara.

Modern Times
It took thousand of years for meditation to finally spread to Western society. The hippy and new age movements of the 1960s and 70s opened the door and welcomed meditation into Western culture. Soon researchers began exploring the physiology of meditation and the benefits of meditation for body and mind.

As our society grows and advances so do the stresses and health hazards associated with our fast paced world. Meditation is the perfect solution to help regain peace of mind and a healthier body, mind, and spirit.

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