medita-, meditat-

(Latin: from meditatus; a form of meditare, to muse, to ponder; to think over, to consider; to think, to reflect)

active meditation (s) (noun), active meditations (pl)
A process which uses various techniques to help individuals improve their self-awareness: Active meditation therapy procedures have included breathing, movements, visualizations, and exercises.

Often, active mediations are guided by instructors, and feedback between students and instructors are considered important to the processes.

Active meditation involves a series of tensing and then relaxing all of the muscles in the body, usually starting with the head and moving down to the feet.

The use of active meditation is considered a safe treatment and it is often useful in connection with other forms of therapy.

Christian meditation (s) (noun), Christian meditations (pl)
A form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to get in touch with and to deliberately reflect upon the revelations of God: The objectives of Christian meditation are to increase the personal relationships based on the love of God that marks Christian communion.
medical meditation (s) (noun), medical meditations (pl)
1. A typically self-directed practice for relaxing the body and calming the mind: Most medical meditation procedures have come to the West from Eastern religious practices; especially, from India, China, and Japan, but it can also be found in many other cultures of the world.

Until recently, the primary objective of meditation was religious, although its health benefits have also been recognized, and so during the last decades, medical meditation has been explored as a way of reducing stress on both the body and the mind.

2. A state of consciousness in which an individual strives to eliminate environmental stimuli so one's mind has a single focus that produces a condition of relaxation and a relief from stress: Dr. Diedrich told June, his patient, that the primary objectives of medical meditations are to clear her mind of stressful outside interferences.
meditate (verb), meditates; meditated; meditating
1. To concentrate the brain on one thing, in order to aid mental or spiritual development, contemplation, or relaxation: Some people have a ritual during which they meditate and think deeply or focus their minds for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or devotional reasons, or simply as a method of repose.
2. To think about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for some time: Too few people set aside enough time to meditate before they make important decisions.
3. To plan, to devise, to consider: The congressman who is running for office is meditating a response for his critics.
4. Etymology: from Latin meditatus, the past participle of meditari, "to think over, to consider, to reflect".
To ponder and to contemplate a less than satisfactory situation.
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meditation (s) (noun), meditations (pl)
1. Private religious devotion or mental exercise: Meditations involve techniques of concentration and contemplation and are used to reach an increased level of spiritual awareness.
2. The act of thinking about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for some time, or an instance of such thinking: Joshua and Amelia spent each morning in meditation because they were convinced that daily meditations helped them to clear and to relax their minds.
3. Religious discipline in which the mind is focused on a single point of reference: Meditation may be a means of invoking divine grace, as in the contemplation by Christian mystics of a spiritual theme, question, or problem.

Meditations are thought to be a means of attaining conscious union with the divine; for example, through visualization of a deity or inward repetition of a prayer or mantra (sacred sound).

Some forms of meditation involve putting the body in a special position; such as, the seated, cross-legged lotus position, and using special breathing procedures.

4. Etymology: "discourse on a subject"; from Latin meditationem, meditatio, from meditatus, past participle of meditari, "to think over, to consider".
meditation therapy (s) (noun), meditation therapies (pl)
A method of achieving relaxation and consciousness expansion: The use of meditation therapies involve focusing on a key word, a sound, or an image while eliminating outside stimuli from one's thoughts.

Meditation therapy is a physically calming treatment for the body and mind and some clinical trials have shown that such procedures can be a valuable therapy for reducing stress levels and in helping to treat stress-related disorders.

meditational (adjective), more meditational, most meditational
A reference to the contemplation of spiritual matters; usually, on religious or philosophical subjects: Amanda wrote a book about the meditational lives of various individuals and religious groups.
meditatious (adjective), more meditatious, most meditatious
A reference to deep thoughts, close attentions, and contemplations: Some meditatious considerations are important when people are thinking about their current and future lives.
meditative (adjective), more meditative, most meditative
1. Disposed to, marked by, or indicating thoughtfulness: It was obvious that Annette was in a meditative mood.
2. A reference to being deeply thoughtful, reflective, and contemplative: Each evening, the family listened to meditative music so they could focus on the positive aspects of life.
meditatively (adverb), more meditatively, most meditatively
A descriptive term that involves deep thoughts: Vincent and Beatrice gazed meditatively at the night sky with all of the stars and full moon clearly visible while they were thinking about the blessings of the universe.
meditator (s) (noun), meditators (pl)
Someone who practices concentrating and focusing on sounds, visualizations, and movements: Ryan, who was a meditator, practiced to increase his awareness of the present moment in an effort to reduce stress and to promote relaxation.

Lelia and some other meditators direct their attention to breathing and the repetition of mantras (repeated words or phrases) in order to achieve higher levels of spiritual awareness.

postmeditation (s) (noun), postmeditations (pl)
The mingling of other activities after focusing on practices or techniques of concentration and contemplation: Postmeditation involves the participation in breaks during which a person walks or moves around, eats, sleeps, etc.; however, one's meditative objectives are still expected to be continuous and should be free from distractions and confusions.
premeditate (verb), premeditates; premeditated; premeditating
1. To think about a situation before jumping into it: Prior to going on their trip the following week, the Curtis family had been premeditating about what they needed to take with them.
2. To plan, to arrange, or to plot an illegal act in advance: Henry was convicted of having premeditated the robbery long before he actually committed the crime.
3. Etymology: possibly from Latin praemediatus, "deliberate, composed or planned beforehand" from prae-, "before" + meditari, "to consider, to think about".
To scheme something in advance.
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premeditated (adjective) (not comparable)
Regarding that which is considered beforehand and appears mostly in criminal-law contexts: Because the term premeditated so often precedes a bad legal act of some kind, as in a premeditated murder, the word has taken on very negative connotations.
premeditation (s) (noun), premeditations (pl)
A speculation or an arrangement of something in advance: Hector's murderous attack on the family obviously was a premeditation which he had planned long before it took place.