Many systems of meditation are available. Some stress the centering of the mind beyond observed reality, others (perhaps more accurately referred to as reflecting) stress the considering of truths that have great importance in ordering and living life in a profound and peaceful manner.
Most religious traditions use meditation with greater or less emphasis, especially those members who dedicate their lives to religious pursuits. Contemporary self-improvement groups stress its importance.
Common techniques involve silently repeating a mantra or fixing your gaze on an object. There are also active meditations, the dervish dancing of certain Sufis being perhaps the most vigorous.
Meditation enables the practitioner to come closer to his own being, to spiritual freedom or to unity with God.
Meditation promotes inwardness, tranquility and detachment from the status quo, thus providing support for it.