What is meditation

30 May 2022

Table of Contents 
What Is Meditation?
How to Practice
Impact of Meditation
Tips for Meditating
What Is Meditation?
Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a heig

Meditation has been practiced in cultures all over the world for thousands of years.
Nearly every religion, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, has a tradition of using meditative practices.
While meditation is often used for religious purposes, many people practice it independently of any religious or spiritual beliefs or practices.
Meditation can also be used as a psychotherapeutic technique.
There are many different types of meditation.
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Meditation can take on many different forms, but there are two main types: concentrative meditation and mindfulness meditation:2

Concentrative meditation involves focusing all of your attention on a specific thing while tuning out everything else around you. The goal is to really experience whatever you are focusing on, whether it's your breath, a specific word, or a mantra in order to reach a higher state of being.
Mindfulness meditation includes, among others, both mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Mindfulness can target different issues, such as depression, which means that its focus may be different from practice to practice. Overall, it involves the state of being aware of and involved in the present moment and making yourself open, aware, and accepting. 
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How to Practice
While there are many different forms of meditation and ways to practice, learning a basic meditation for beginners is a great place to begin:

Choose a quiet spot that is free of distractions. Turn off your phone, television, and other distractions. If you choose to play quiet music, select something calm and repetitive.
Set a time limit. If you are just getting started, you might want to stick to shorter sessions of about 5 to 10 minutes in length.
Pay attention to your body and get comfortable. You can sit cross-legged on the floor or in a chair as long as you feel that you can sit comfortably for several minutes at a time.
Focus on your breathing. Try taking deep breaths that expand your belly and then slowly exhale. Pay attention to how each breath feels.
Notice your thoughts. The purpose of meditation is not to clear your mind—your mind is inevitably going to wander. Instead, focus on gently bringing your attention back to your breath whenever you notice your thoughts drifting. Don't judge your thoughts or try to analyze them; simply direct your mind back to your deep breathing.
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Impact of Meditation
Consciousness is often likened to a stream, shifting and changing smoothly as it passes over the terrain. Meditation is one deliberate means of changing the course of this stream, and in turn, altering how you perceive and respond to the world around you.

Research has shown that meditation can have both physiological and psychological effects. Some of the positive physiological effects include a lowered state of physical arousal, reduced respiration rate, decreased heart rate, changes in brain wave patterns, and lowered stress.1

Some of the other psychological, emotional, and health-related benefits of meditation include:

Better management of symptoms related to anxiety disorders, depression, sleep disorders, pain issues, and high blood pressure
Better stress management skills
Changes in different aspects of attention and mindfulness
Increased self-awareness
Improved emotional well-being
Improved working memory and fluid intelligence
Improved immunity
Greater empathy for yourself and others
Headache relief
While experts do not yet fully understand exactly how meditation works, research has clearly demonstrated that meditative techniques can have a range of positive effects on overall health and psychological well-being.

Tips for Meditating
If you are interested in trying meditation, there are some tips and tricks that will help you get started on a beneficial meditation practice.

Start slow. Begin by doing short sessions of around 5 to 10 minutes a day, and then work your way up progressively to longer sessions.
Set a schedule. Try meditating at the same time each day—for a few minutes first thing in the morning, for example.
Get comfortable. Sitting cross-legged on the floor is one option, but comfort is the real key. You need to be in a position where you can sit for several minutes without getting uncomfortable, stiff, or restless.
Focus on what you're feeling. Breathe naturally and notice the feelings and sensations that you experience as you breathe in and out.
Don't try to suppress feelings. Your mind is bound to wander as you meditate—and sometimes this can lead to thoughts and feelings and are uncomfortable or even distressing. The goal isn't to clear your mind of such thoughts. Instead, acknowledge these thoughts without judging them, and then gently guide your focus back toward your breathing.
Potential Pitfalls
Meditation can have a wide range of benefits, but 

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