Are meditation and prayer cultural variants of the same thing?
No. Meditation is when a person keeps their head free and clean. Prayer is when a person focuses their mind and pulls together a voice.
Definitely not. meditation is reaching inwards while, prayer is reaching outwards. You meditate to keep your body and mind in good health. You pray to make your God, your family and friends happy.
I think they are subtly different. Meditation should be a dissolution of the self into the One. There is no need for any seperate awareness and no question or request to be answered. Meditation is about connecting with the One in a complete kind of way. In prayer however, there is an awareness of the Higher Power, seemingly separate to us, that we humbly ask to participate in our lives. Both require humility and 'littleness'. Both require an annhilation of the self/ego to be effective. Meditation is more eastern in it's approach and is very different to our daily perceptions - the journey is dissolved in meditation - you are there/that.
Meditation is prayer without words.
Prayer is for talking with GOD and Meditation is for Listening to GOD
I would say so. Both encourage expression of the right hemisphere and discourage the monkey-mind of the left.
I see meditation as focussed on the mind
Prayer assumes the presence of a higher spirit or being to whom we can appeal for help
This is a question close to my heart. I am not religious in the least, but I am very spiritual.
To me and only me, meditation is about clearing the way to be better. It is an internal process that happens between your mind and body. To me it doesn't feel like you are asking for help with something, it is your intent to send your wishes somewhere.
Prayer however, is asking someone/something outside of you (an external source) for something (ie for you or someone else, the Earth, the Gulf, etc.) This isn't based on your intent, but on your wishes.
This is a very individual thing and I respect those who see them as flip sides of the same coin as it is tough to ponder it as this tends to be a passionate subject for all.
I believe they can be, we can get hung up on labels for things - ultimately it is a connection with the Source of All that we are seeking and that can be veiwed in many ways - both within and without.
Meditation is an act of paying attention and opening yourself up to the Universe (or the Force, or God, whatever title you want to give it). Prayer is talking at God. As George Carlin famously said, the way most people pray is no way to treat a friend. I will occasionally ask for something if I really need it, but I find I do much better if I spend my time listening.
Prayer is talking to God, meditation is listening!
No. My understanding of meditation is to be in a place of peace in order for the chakras to re-align. This means an altering of the mindset. Prayer is a connection to a higher spiritual force to give thanks, and ask for guidance or healing
Usually yes, although it depends on the individual definitions and practices.
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