meditation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n meditation continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
    • n meditation (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meditation The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation; reflection; musing. "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight."
    • Meditation Thought; -- without regard to kind. "With wings as swift
      As meditation or the thoughts of love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n meditation The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; sustained reflection.
    • n meditation Religious contemplation.
    • n meditation In theology: A private devotional act, consisting in deliberate reflection upon some spiritual truth or mystery, accompanied by mental prayer and by acts of the affections and of the will, especially formation of resolutions as to future conduct. Meditation differs from study in that its principal object is not to acquire knowledge, but to advance in love of God and holiness of life.
    • n meditation A short literary composition in which the subject (usually religious) is treated in a meditative manner: as, a volume of hymns and meditations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Meditation the act of meditating: deep thought: serious contemplation: the direction of the thoughts of others, in a discourse, &c.: a literary or musical theme treated in a meditative manner
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Quotations

  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    Edward%20Gibbon
    “The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”
  • Eknath Easwaran
    Eknath Easwaran
    “Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose.”
  • Milarepa
    Milarepa
    “The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. meditacioun, F. méditation, fr. L. meditatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. meditāri, prob. cog. with L. medēri, to heal.

Usage

In literature:

Brahma has meanwhile sunk himself in meditation, but suddenly recalls his prank and hurries out to set matters right.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
Little supposing he is the object of even a cake-merchant's attention, he is lost in idle meditation.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
So he prattled nothings while he meditated; and you would have thought that he cared for the nothings.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
What care he took, what meditations he surrendered himself to, before turning over his house to the upholsterers!
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Perhaps Mr. Brimsdown felt less lonely among his legal documents, meditating over battles he had won for dead legatees.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
No one could have met this dead man without meditating.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
His best attitude is not one of doubt and scepticism, but of meditation and experiment.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
These wise people, meditative, steady, always possessed of strong powers, attain to Nirvana, the highest happiness.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
In all kinds of humor it sings, martial, solemn, soothing, meditative, or sprightly.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
It is this fact which gives to the 'Meditations' their distinctive value.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3" by Various
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In poetry:

And, puzzling out the weave of fate,
Events observer,
To live, feel, love and meditate
And to discover.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
My waking eyes prevent the day
To meditate thy word;
My soul with longing melts away
To hear thy gospel, Lord.
"Psalm 119 part 5" by Isaac Watts
'Twas then, by gloaming's sober hour,
He'd court some solitude obscure;
Or round Cam'skenneth's ancient tower,
Whar winds Forth's stream,
He'd wander, meditate, and pour
This moral theme :--
"The Links O' Forth : Or, A Parting Peep At The Carse O' Sterling" by Hector MacNeill
Yonder seeking, finding yonder
That which in the morning-grove
She had lost through roguish Love,
All her breast's first aspirations,
And her heart's calm meditations,
To the shady wood so fair
"The German Parnassus" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How sweet to meditate, O Lord!
On Thy great name, Thy glorious word,
In Thy blest presence to rejoice,
To Thy blest praise attune my voice,
And from Thy cup to drink the stream
Of gladness and of joy supreme!
"Spring: Friday Morning" by John Bowring
And now, dear Sangamon, farewell! I wait
On that Elysian scene to meditate
When, separated from the dregs of earth,
Life's stream shall sweeter be, of better worth;
And, like the ocean with its restless tide,
By its own action cleansed and purified.
"The Sangamon River" by Hattie Howard

In news:

If I Meditate , I Have More Steady Energy.
Meditation is also a great tool for calling in new romance.
Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute, shares a gratitude meditation that will help you feel centered and peaceful in the new year.
Breathe in gratitude and out gratitude for the rest of your meditation .
Do this exact meditation every day for one month.
Lynch wants soldiers and veterans to experience the stress-reducing benefits of Transcendental Meditation .
Lynch's namesake foundation is giving $1 million in grants to teach the meditation technique to active-duty military personnel and veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress.
LOS ANGELES — David Lynch wants soldiers and veterans to experience the stress-reducing benefits of Transcendental Meditation .
Fall planting is time to meditate on hopes for future.
Meditation is an interesting method for increasing one's sense of happiness because not only has it stood the test of time, but it's also been tested quite extensively in the lab.
Great options for meditation in the Washington area.
Want to learn meditation .
703-774-9692 Insight Meditation Community of Washington, locations vary, see Web site for details.
Meditation is not only an immediate stress reducer.
Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents a timely meditation on the subject of Love.
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In science:

Great playing is similar to deep meditation, when the mind goes quiet and observation of the self deepens.
Music in Terms of Science
This is a very Western-centric interpretation of religion. There exist major religious groups for whom following some set of laws is what matters; there are others that emphasize meditational practices or simply love. He is right that most religions devolve to cult-like or magical practice, but this is not universal.
Book review of SUPERSTITION by Robert Park
I shall turn to Husserl’s (1929) Cartesian Meditations for epistemological specification and foundation of this reflection in intersubjectivity.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
What is left when one abstracts from what is given? These non-material traces can be provided with meaning as the subject of a meditation.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
The meditation gives access to an a priori domain for which no discursive concepts are available to the Ego.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
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