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Meditation has historically or generally been associated with religion.

Buddhism and Hinduism certainly have meditation as a core part of their religious traditions. But so do Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Jainism and others.

There are those who believe you cannot gain the benefits of meditation unless you embrace the philosophy connected to one religion or another. In my view, this is a misconception. By definition, meditation does not necessarily need to be associated with a religious practice. Although I will say that practicing meditation religiously and with at least a spiritual orientation and, more accurately, practicing regularly will reap the best rewards. Different than a religion, it is a method or a discipline to gain focus.

When you look at the purpose of meditation, it’s ultimately for the person practicing to gain a steady and abiding mind and based on such a mind to then use that mind to move past anything that comes along and especially whatever gets in the way. In order to gain a steady and abiding mind, you must first know what that means. Therefore, acquiring this understanding becomes ultra-critical to such a practice.

If a steady and abiding mind is not the primary goal, then meditation has many sorts of expressions or varieties of practices. It just depends upon what you seek. While you may have a practice tied to your religious beliefs, you can just as easily meditate effectively without believing in one religion or another.