What is Meditation?

“Meditation is unmanipulated experience.”


“Mindfulness is being fully present, on purpose, paying attention in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”

University of Wisconsin Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

“Found in cultures, spiritual traditions, and disciplines throughout the world, meditation is a mind-body practice with many methods and variations, all of which are grounded in the silence and stillness of present moment awareness.”

Integrative Medicine, 2nd Edition, “Recommending Meditation”

See the University of Wisconsin Integrative Health patient handout on meditation (pdf).


“When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?”

-Robert Marsdon