Contemplation vs. Meditation:Defining the Difference

March 13, 2014    BY Sandra Anderson

Often, there is confusion surrounding meditation and its adjunct, though helpful practices.  While contemplation is a train of thought about something, meditation is training the mind to rest in a particular focus that leads to a connection to the source of consciousness itself.  Knowing the difference can give us clarity in our spiritual pursuits and help us to realize that there is no substitute for meditation and what it can offer.

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Sandra Anderson
For over 20 years Sandra Anderson has shared her extensive experience in yoga theory and practice with students from all over the world. A senior faculty member and resident at the Himalayan Institute, her teaching reflects access to the living oral tradition, and the embodied experience of 30 years of dedicated practice. With a background in the natural sciences and interest in classical Sanskrit, along with frequent pilgrimages to India, Sandy has a rare capacity to eloquently convey the... Read more>>