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What is meditation?
Meditation, a form of stress reduction, involves sitting quietly and focusing on one object, thought, or physical sensation for a fixed period of time. The practice helps the mind relax and increases awareness, mental focus, and clarity.
What are the different meditation techniques?
Meditation involves concentration on something to take our attention beyond the random thought activity that is usually going on in our heads. The breath is a common focal point. Guided visualization is also considered by some to be a form of meditation.
What are the recommended guidelines for meditation?
- Develop a consistent daily routine, choosing a quiet place with little or no distractions.
- Keep your spine straight, and your chin tucked while avoiding stiffening or tensing your back or neck muscles.
- Focus on your breathing, concentrating on the rhythm as you breathe deeply in and out.
- Do not go into each session with specific expectations. Do not overanalyze or try to force something to happen. Instead, allow yourself to relax.
- Remember there is no "right way" to meditate. There is no set criterion for your personal meditation, so allow yourself to find the methods that work best for you.
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