Meditation is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment. It produces a state of deep relaxation where, unlike sleep, the mind is wide awake and alert.
Anybody can practice meditation to increase their calm and focus. It is a very beneficial relaxation tool that can be practiced by people of various ages and backgrounds -- anyone who is interested, whether they are children, students, athletes, performers, or business people -- can gain the benefits of meditation.
Benefits of Meditation
(cited from NCCAM)
Remember to breathe deeply, slowly, and regularly.
It is important to have an open attitude -- let thoughts, feelings, and distractions come and go in a nonjudgmental manner, and return your attention back to the word, sound, or image that you are focusing on.
It is helpful to have silence and privacy, but more practiced meditators can meditate anywhere. Beginning meditators should begin with a 5-minute session, and with more practice, increase the amount of time spent meditating.
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