med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce meditation (audio) \

Definition of meditation

1 : a discourse intended to express its author's reflections or to guide others in contemplation
2 : the act or process of meditating the meditation out of which this novel has come— Granville Hicks

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Examples of meditation in a Sentence

She spent the morning in meditation. Daily meditation helps clear his mind.
Recent Examples on the Web Twenty years ago, Deer Park Monastery officially opened with the mission of spreading the spiritual practice of mindfulness and meditation to Southern California — and beyond. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As Deer Park Monastery turns 20, its mission hasn’t changed: spread the gospel of mindfulness," 8 Nov. 2020 Though regular exercise, mindful meditation, and CBD pills can help, most of us are still struggling to find peace. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Relaxation Advice From the World's Chillest People," 4 Nov. 2020 LaFaver's group at Northwestern is examining the use of meditation and mindfulness practice, which, according to LaFaver, patients have anecdotally reported as helpful for maintaining the benefits of treatment. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain," 1 Nov. 2020 This mindfulness and meditation app launched a 2020 Election Sanity Guide with a ton of offerings to help people gear up for Election Day. Anna Borges, SELF, "9 Election Mental Health Resources You Can Start Using Now," 23 Oct. 2020 The goal is not to be a hip-hop star, but to use hip-hop as a meditation so to speak. Marcus Jones,, "Radha Blank on turning her Netflix film The Forty-Year-Old Version into a TV show: 'Hell f---ing no'," 12 Oct. 2020 On the positive side, older adults are responding by getting exercise, going outside, altering routines, practicing self-care, and adjusting attitudes via meditation and mindfulness, among other practices, the study found. Judith Graham, CNN, "A senior's lifetime experiences help generate resilience to pandemic trauma," 6 Oct. 2020 With regards to stress levels, Dr. Lipman also advises a regular mindfulness practice such as meditation or a mindful movement. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Supplements to Take to Fight Zoom Fatigue," 30 Sep. 2020 The connection between skin and mental health has never been clearer — and, in times of stress and uncertainty, a skincare routine can be as much of a daily grounding practice as exercise or meditation. Rachel Krause,, "Naomi Watts’ Self Care Routine Involves Bath Soaks & Oreos," 13 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of meditation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of meditation was in the 13th century

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17 Nov 2020

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“Meditation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of meditation

: the act or process of spending time in quiet thought : the act or process of meditating
formal : an expression of a person's thoughts on something


med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce meditation (audio) \

Kids Definition of meditation

: the act or an instance of planning or thinking quietly

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