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What Meditation Is All About?

Meditation may be an ancient tradition, but it’s still practiced in cultures all over the world to create a sense of calm and inner harmony. Although the practice has ties to many different religious teachings, meditation is less about faith and more about altering consciousness, finding awareness, and achieving peace.


These days, with the greater need to reduce stress in the midst of our busy schedules and demanding lives, meditation is increasing in popularity.


Although there isn’t a right or wrong way to meditate, it’s important to find a practice that meets your needs and complements your personality.

There are six popular types of meditation practice:

  • mindfulness meditation

  • spiritual meditation

  • focused meditation

  • movement meditation

  • mantra meditation

  • transcendental meditation

Not all meditation styles are right for everyone. These practices require different skills and mindsets.

How to Meditate: Simple Meditation for Beginners

This meditation exercise is an excellent introduction to meditation techniques.

  • Get comfortable and prepare to sit still for a few minutes. After you stop reading this, you’re going to simply focus on your own natural inhaling and exhaling of breath.

  • Focus on your breath. Where do you feel your breath most? In your belly? In your nose? Try to keep your attention on your inhale and exhale.

  • Follow your breath for two minutes. Take a deep inhale, expanding your belly, and then exhale slowly, elongating the out-breath as your belly contracts.

Why Meditation is Beneficial?


Meditation can help:

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Improved blood circulation

  • Lower heart rate

  • Less perspiration

  • Slower respiratory rate

  • Less anxiety

  • Lower blood cortisol levels

  • More feelings of well-being

  • Less stress

  • Deeper relaxation

Whether the benefits are anecdotal or scientifically proven, those who follow a daily meditation practice are convinced of the benefits in their lives.


Why Learn to Meditate?

When we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives. And bonus: you don’t need any extra gear or an expensive membership.


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