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What is meditation?
Meditation is a practice of quieting the mind and body through a state of awareness and deep concentration. There are many ways to practice meditation. One of the most popular is mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness has been defined as paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment. Meditators often use the breath as an anchor to the present moment. By focusing on the breath or breath sensations, one develops a greater awareness of what is occuring in the now rather than being caught up in the past or the future.
Scientific research has found a number of benefits of practicing meditation. With regular meditation practice, people report less anxiety, stress, and depression, and better health and immune functioning. Meditation also strengthens cognitive abilities, including enhancing memory, improving ability to sustain attention, and reducing impulsivity. Neuroscientists have shown that meditation changes the structure and function of the brain.
Not sure how to get started? Check out our guided meditation resources!