Is meditation the same as relaxation?
Meditation can be relaxing. But meditation and relaxation are different practices.
People can relax using specific techniques designed to achieve just that, and others simply do something pleasurable, like sitting in the sun, walking in the park or listening to music to feel relaxed.
By contrast, meditation is an exercise you practise to train your mind to be more aware of the here and now. It offers great benefits, such as clarity of thought, focus and wellbeing. It can also lead to relaxation but this is perhaps better thought of as a side-effect. It often happens, but the real point of meditation is to become more present and aware.