Meditation (and mindfulness to the same extent) is a concept that is unfortunately misused more than most. Because of this many people fail to understand what meditation is, and just how easy it can be to incorporate into a daily routine.
In its raw essence, meditation is the practice of focusing the mind a particular object, mantra or activity (your breath) in order to settle your mind.
The biggest misconception is that meditation is merely structured ‘thinking’. This couldn’t be further from the truth of meditation which looks to move beyond the ego by quieting the internal chatter that accompanies us throughout our daily lives.
Meditation allows us to see thoughts for what they are, passing fragments of imagination, and as a result of not placing any emphasis upon them, we’re able to realize that in fact, we’re not our thoughts. We are at peace when we have calmed the mind and enter a state of tranquility and if there is a goal of meditation that is it.