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What do you perceive is the difference between prayer and meditation?

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  1. Buddhist meditation is doing a repetitive activity to improve your capacity to do that thing. Like treating everyone you meet as if they are your mother is a meditation for learning to love more readily. It’s not always sitting there saying Ohm
    Prayer is talking to yourself

  2. A prayer is usually a plead or the asking for a favor to a god. Meditation is an intense concentration to transform your mind to obtain the desired character.

  3. Prayer is communication with God.
    Meditation is when you are saying the word of God over and over and the revelation comes to us from the Lord as we murmur the words of the scriptures.

  4. Prayer is asking God to do this or that according to your will. Meditation is quietly in stillness listening to God `words’ according to thy will and Act upon thy will.

  5. In some traditions, such as Buddhism, there is no difference. However, I would say that the commonsense understanding is prayer involves a petition whereas meditation involves introspection.

  6. Prayer involves a union with God in communicating and improving one’s relationship with God (real or not, it breaks the barrier we call “I” down).
    Meditation actually refers to a number of things, and is often used very specifically, until one looks at other practices that use the word completely differently. So that depends completely on which practice you are referring to.
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  7. Meditation, at it’s core, is just a training of the attentional processes of the brain. All forms of meditation are founded on this principle. By being able to achieve unwaivering attention, other forms of meditation can be sustained. If you can’t maintain your attention without it wavering, you’ll have limited success in other forms of meditation, because it all hinges on our ability to fully absorb ourselves within a subject (also called one-pointed or Shamatha meditation, the furthest extent of which is called Samadhi)
    This is why many forms of Eastern meditation involve engaging in repetitive activity. The mind naturally wants to wander, so we focus on the activity, and refocus, and refocus, and refocus every time it wanders, until we finally get it and it doesn’t wander anymore.
    Therefore forms of prayer intended to focus on, ponder over, or to understand the nature of God or benevolence are essentially meditation, since you’re focusing intently on the subject of God or benevolence without allowing your attention to wander from it. By fully absorbing yourself and your attention/awareness within a subject (in this case, say, God) you’re essentially engaging in meditation.
    So sometimes they’re the same, but meditation is much more broad and universally applicable to all people in all walks of life. By training one’s ability to sustain attention, you’re enabling a whole wealth of other possible skills and practices. It’s applications are nearly limitless, while the applications of prayer are much narrower (and objectively questionable, as far as one’s prayers actually being heard by an external entity.)

  8. Christians, Muslims and Jews are ‘people of the book’. Their spiritual life is strongly tied to the expression of spirituality through words. Thus, prayer, for the people of the book, is constituted in words – the same medium through which god talks to them.
    Meditation as applied to the practice of adherents of Buddhism has quite a different character. It reaches out to something more primal than words – raw experience. The aims are quite different as well. Buddhists seek self-knowledge (and by extension universal knowledge since the self is part of the universe) rather than communication with another entity. The practice itself involves clearing the mind of thoughts and words, sometimes by repetition of a phrase with spiritual meaning (a mantra), but sometimes by paying particular attention to the breath or bodily sensations.
    Most religions spawn a mystical tradition which contains similar practices. For instance Judaism produced the Kabala tradition which incorporates a practice very like mantra meditation. The Islamic Dervishes meditate by dancing themselves into trance-like states and the Sufis use music to similar effect.
    Meditation can also be used in the sense of ‘contemplation’. The Christian tradition uses the word to describe the spiritual activity of contemplation of divinity.

  9. Prayer can be thought of in two ways: Expressive and Contemplative. Expressive prayer is generally said aloud, like you might do as a group in church. Contemplative prayer is generally silent. Many groups have ritualistic forms of contemplative prayer and some of these involve a chant or other repetitive activities such as counting on beads. Each of these forms of prayer are focused on communicating with a higher power or spirit who many call God.
    Meditation can be a form of contemplative prayer, but today most meditation is practiced to relax and focus inward.

  10. Prayer is conscious effort to express our want of help from almighty.
    While in Meditation thoughts are absent only awareness is present.
    In prayer conscious mind is involved. While Meditation involves subconscious mind.

  11. i personally think mediation is quieting the mind, just being in the moment, and not really having conscious thoughts, as prayer is almost like a conversation, to a higher power to the universe, to God.or even to yourself.

  12. Prayer iz talking or trying to revive help from a higher religious perpose u belive in meditation is trying to find itself or a answer by achibing the ultimate calm it’s basicly to find a answer or utself lolz hope I helped 🙂 lolz by by

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