What is Meditation?
Meditation is an experiential practice that focuses on deeply connecting with your mind. It is a way to settle down enough to actually experience the workings of your mind and to gain insights. It is only when we can sit quietly attempting to concentrate the mind that we can observe how it actually works. Meditation is a personal practice that helps you be mindful.
Some kinds of meditation such as the traditional focused attention or mindful meditation have scientific research as a basis for their popularity. When meditating mindfully the focus needs to be on one thing only. This could be your breath, a particular sensation in the body or even an object. If attention wavers you need to bring it consciously back to the focal point.
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One of the best answers given for this question is by Ven. Henepole Gunaratna. He says:
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can change the way the brain functions. The seemingly simple activity of focusing on a single object can produce amazing results that range from stress reduction and improved attention capacity to superior creativity, feelings of compassion and improved attention. However meditation is not easy and only gets better with practice. Some of the health benefits associated with this powerful tool include: