Welcome to 30 Days of Meditation of Spirituality! I'm so happy you've decided to join me in a month-long challenge to learn more about meditating, spiritual study and the ways in which these pursuits can improve your life. During this time, we'll cover a lot of material in small daily posts that will help you understand each aspect of developing your own unique practice toward developing a higher perspective and inner peace.
To begin, we'll define the concepts of meditation and spirituality, to ensure we're working from the same page. I'll share with you various types of meditation and the ways in which meditating can enhance your spiritual experience. We'll discover ways to make it easier to incorporate meditation into your daily life, as well as how you shape your own spiritual practice according to your personal belief system. You'll likely be surprised just how many benefits that meditation offers and how adding a focus on spirituality can significantly change your life.
Seeking worldly or material gains is a significant part of many people's lives. However, meditation and spirituality allow you to surpass those things, focusing on a higher good. They lead you to the attainment of a sense of inner-peace and well-being that guides your entire existence. Cultures far and wide have practiced meditation throughout the ages, as part of a larger devotional study.
There is evidence to show that meditation has been in practice since approximately 5000 to 3500 BC. Archaeologists discovered wall depictions in the Indus Valley of people in a seated, crossed-leg position in which they appeared to be meditation. Meditation was actually described in Indian writings from about 3000 years ago. It's not only the Indian and other eastern cultures have engaged in this practice through the centuries. Its appeal has grown to be worldwide.
Naturally, practices differ in various cultures. However, meditation of some sort seems to be a component of most major religious practices globally. Specific religions that incorporate this method of mindfulness include Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Taoism, among others. It was in the early 20th century that the tradition found its way to the United States, and it enjoyed a huge spike in popularity beginning in the 1960's. The trend continues today, with meditation having become quite mainstream.
As you can see, meditation is actually rather universal, no matter how it's practiced. I can't wait to share more about the fundamentals of meditation and spirituality with you in its many forms. Let's get started!