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Calm and Focus the Mind with Meditation

Sep 17, 2008
You've heard of meditation, but what is it exactly? Meditation is a practice that calls for intense concentration on a single thought or object to help focus the mind. The individual tries to turn his or her attention inward.

Meditation techniques are said to be of Vedic Hinduism origin and are traditionally practiced in the eastern religions. But these days this practice is becoming more and more popular in western societies.

People want to practice meditation for a number of reasons. Some use it to help focus their mind on God; others use it for personal development. A number of individuals discover improved health and peace of mind through this practice. There are even people who hope that when they begin to meditate, they will be enlightened.

Or perhaps you think that meditation is just something you should do for your health, like an exercise program or diet. Anyone who tries a new activity will have some idea of what they hope to achieve. However, if you don't know what you expect to gain, you most likely won't stick with meditating in the long run.

If you don't have clear goals, it can be hard to figure out where to begin. It can also lead to discouragement when your expectations aren't being met. The best thing to do is to start by identifying what you hope to achieve from practicing meditation. Learn as much as you can about the most effective techniques for reaching that goal. Then, just jump in.

Theoretically, the practice of meditating is quite easy. Just sit there and concentrate on one thought or object. But in actuality, this is a lot harder than it appears. You might not realize it, but your mind is always racing. This makes it hard to concentrate on just one thing at a time.

It's best, therefore, to start off slowly. Practice your breathing first. This is the key to meditation. Sit comfortably and inhale and exhale deeply for several minutes. By taking regular breaths, you will improve your ability to focus, which is critical when meditating.

If you catch yourself thinking about other things while meditating, focus again on your breathing. Meditation is all about concentrating. If you realize that you've gone off track, just gently guide yourself back to the right state of mind. Don't give up; it takes time to get good at meditation, so continue practicing.

By meditating, you can gain a higher degree of peace and calm. With all the problems we face daily at work, at home, and the world in general, it's important that you regularly experience a few minutes of peace.
About the Author
Keira Adams writes about women's wellness and stress management, including meditation techniques. Learn more about the many health benefits of this ancient practice. Visit Meditation Techniques: Relax Your Mind, Reduce Your Stress.
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