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The practice of quieting the mind, body, and emotions.
Inspiration, Faith & Practice

Meditation, or effort to be aware of ones attention and to calm and/or focus the mind in a specific and chosen way, usually combined with stilling the body or measured and deliberate movement, and letting go of emotional turmoil, has been practiced since antiquity as a way of attaining spiritual insight and beneficial states of consciousness.

Most spiritual traditions, including all the major world religions, include some form of meditation and many regard it as a central and fundamental tool for spiritual development and understanding.

Recent scientific research on the effects of meditation has indicated that it can have significant benefits for health, focus, and has notable long-term affects on peoples brains.

Basic Meditation Techniques Different traditions use different terminology and techniques for developing a meditative state. Most share a deliberate focus of attention on one or more of the following areas:

Many forms of meditation emphasize keeping the body still for an extended amount of time, generally seated in a relaxed upright position with eyes closed or unmoving.

Meditation Resources

Sit Illustrated: So, What's funny about meditation?

Once upon a time, not very long ago, in a land not renowned for its meditative traditions, a small group of spiritual aspirants began learning to “sit” or “meditate”. Although sitting is reputed to have multiple benefits, being funny is not usually...

How to Meditate: Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation

The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation works to continue the mindful teachings and practice of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, support our mindfulness practice centers around the world, and engage in Sangha (community) building in order to foster peace and transform...

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