𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠.
All of them were long attributed to the field of religion, spirituality and esotericism - the term was associated with the image of monks and nuns who led a contemplative lifestyle in monasteries. Or with ascetic yogis, deep in lotus.
While meditation, as a spiritual exercise, continues to play a central role in various religious traditions, other fields of application have been added: meditation is now considered a method of relaxation in the secular world with proven effectiveness. For example, MBSR training programs with mindfulness meditation are successfully used in the treatment of physical and mental illnesses.
In brain research, meditation is primarily understood as "mental training" that leads to improved self-awareness and self-regulation. In addition to influencing the autonomic nervous system in the sense of a relaxation reaction, the neuroscience of meditation focuses on the focus of attention: How does the effort to keep the attention on a certain object - for example the sensation of breathing - and not drifting into daydreams?
Another focus of research is on the regulation of emotions. Here, for example, the question of how the practice of mindfulness can be used to favorably influence the treatment of pain, anxiety, depression or addictions. Another strand of research explores how meditative training can cultivate positive emotions such as compassion and loving-kindness. Compassion.
Scientists are also researching its effect on the condition at the Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Neuroscience in Leipzig.
Therefore it is in any case a good idea to use meditation in your own life for beeing not only healthier, but also for having a better focus in life.