Meditation and Relaxation what is the difference

A state of rest associated with the relaxation of all or some muscles of the body is called relaxation. An interesting fact is that relaxation can be involuntary as a result of long and hard work. In this state, not only physical, but also emotional relaxation occurs.

Relaxation makes it possible to find inner peace and get rid of fatigue. Quite often it is a part of meditation, as it helps everyone to discover inner silence and move on to the next practice.

Meditation can help you learn to control your emotions, get rid of stress and get to know yourself and the world around you better. It helps to improve not only physical, but also emotional health. Meditation increases concentration of attention and also stimulates brain activity.

During meditation, a person can get rid of energy blocks and also reduce physical pain. This spiritual practice can help you find inner harmony and understand your true purpose in life.

Breathing as a way to relax

Techniques related to breathing will help to get rid of internal contradictions and clear the mind of stress. During relaxation, you need to take a comfortable position, close your eyes and relax. Then you should slowly inhale air through the nose, focusing on the cold air flow.

Hold your breath for 3-5 seconds. During further relaxation, focus on slowly exhaling warm air through the nose.

The main advantage of relaxation is that it can be performed at any time and in any place. It helps to effectively calm down and improve emotional well-being. You can use relaxation techniques in difficult situations.


It is possible to calm the nervous system and get rid of overstrain thanks to relaxation aimed at presenting visual images. To do this, you need to close your eyes, relax and take a few breaths in and out.

Imagine that you are in a very calm and peaceful place (near the ocean, on a mountain, in a forest). Feel a rush of good mood from the fact that you imagine this as a pleasant picture.

The maximum effect of visual relaxation will be achieved if you imagine in more detail all the details of the peaceful place where you are. Having felt the desired comfort and pacification, you can gradually leave your imagined place. Return to the real world – the relaxation is over.

Meditation as understanding your own body

The most correct path to silence lies between effort and relaxation, or between volitional meditation and relaxation.

In essence, it is based on a gentle but persistent renewal of the effort to concentrate, focus and then relax. Effort is necessary both for concentration, and for relaxation, and for combining these two processes into a holistic experience.

In order to stop the flow of thoughts and focus on a point, you need full wakefulness and a relaxed recovery of efforts.

One of the most important criteria for the correctness of your path is the deep feeling of joy that arises in the process of meditation. The less joy, the more wrong tension or lazy relaxation.

When a spiritual seeker in the process of his meditations intuitively finds the necessary ratio between tension and relaxation, concentrated meditation and relaxation, he not only awakens in himself the experience of high joy, but also goes beyond himself into the sphere of the Divine Presence.

Silence is the vibration of God’s presence, a state that cannot be compared to tension or relaxation either by earthly or spiritual standards.

Much depends on the spiritual nature of the meditator.

It is more useful for an internally tense, emotionally trapped and complex person to focus on relaxing his entire being in meditation.

Internally shaken and incapable of self-discipline, it is better to start with learning point concentration and deepening into the point and victory over one’s own chaos.

If you gradually learn to combine the energies of concentration and relaxation of the body in yourself, you will advance to the mastery of regulating your own states.

This task is more difficult than simply relaxing or just concentrating, but it is quite within the power of any patient person who understands what enormous prospects such a synthesis of two divergent energy flows opens.

It can be called a psychoenergetic “thermonuclear” reaction within oneself. When I manage to combine these streams even to a small extent, I always feel harmony and a surge of strength.