National Meditation Day
National Meditation Day is observed next on Wednesday, May 31st, 2023 (123 days from today).
When the world around you is plunged into madness, and you can't seem to find a moment of calm in the storm of the day, it's time to step back and remember the happy moments as children, where they have simply lost in the world. National Meditation Day is a call for the world to take time to engage in this millennial practice and clear our minds, remembering that we are first and foremost.
History of National Meditation Day
Today we engage in a spiritual exercise of private devotion called meditation. It uses techniques of concentration and contemplation to achieve spiritual awareness and purification, while calming the body and mind. It separates a person from their thoughts and evokes a sense of mysticism. People do it to find deeper truth and meaning, and it benefits them beyond the immediate moment, enhancing their personal, social, and professional lives in the future. In the past, it was sometimes used to prepare for a physically demanding or strenuous activity. It also has many health benefits: it has been used to reduce stress, and to regulate heart rate and breathing. It has also been used to treat conditions such as migraines, hemophilia, and hypertension.
All religions of the world have practiced meditation in some form throughout history. For example, one aspect of Hindu Yoga is concentration meditation - used to purify the mind, body and soul. This technique has been incorporated into Buddhism, and especially Zen Buddhism. These forms of meditation have become popular in the West, as well as Transcendental Meditation. During the 1960s and 1970s, young people in the West rejected materialism and were drawn to Eastern philosophy and religion. With this, meditation practices based on those religions were born. Various religious meditations also include repetition of words, and meditation often also involves focusing on an object, such as a mountain. There are so many types of meditation that we find it appropriate to meditate today.
How to Observe National Meditation Day
Celebrate the day by meditating. Explore the several types of meditation that exist or take a meditation class. Perhaps a good starting point is to start your day by taking five minutes to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Breathe slowly and make sure to breathe deeply. This simple meditation will help prepare you for the day: it will help you relax, fill your blood vessels with oxygen – making you more alert and making you more resilient to stress.
ObservedNational Meditation Day has been observed annually on May 31st.
Monday, May 31st, 2021
Tuesday, May 31st, 2022
Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
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