It is believed, that the first known use of meditation took place at least 15,000 years ago with hunter-gatherers. Cave paintings have been found showing people lying on the ground in meditation. These people are believed to be shamans who would use meditation to achieve a trance like state; And while in this state, they would consult the spirits for help when they hunted animals for food. The earliest recorded writings about meditation occurred in India about 5,000 years ago. They appear in the Vedas, (Books of Knowledge,) which are sacred Indian scriptures.
During the 6th century BC, Hindu Prince Siddharta Gautama was happy and wealthy. Although he was happy, he learned that not everyone else was satisfied with life. One day he sat down under a tree, folded his legs and began to look deep into his mind. After seven days of meditation, he awoke with new found knowledge. He became known as Buddha. Buddha had learned how to quiet his inner thoughts and develop a strong form of concentration. Buddhism began to spread and the religion and practices of meditation eventually made its way to China and Tibet. Since this time, particularly since the 1960′s and 70′s, the practice of meditation has made its way to the west. Where this beautiful peaceful practice has gained great popularity and respect.
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