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What is Meditation?

Meditation is an umbrella term for the tools and techniques utilized in order to first realize, and subsequently return to, our deepest nature and experience its inherent peace. 


Meditation is practiced in numerous religious traditions and plays an important role in HinduismJainism and Buddhism, but since the 19th century, Asian meditative techniques have spread to other cultures where they have also found application in non-spiritual contexts, such as business and health. 

Meditation may significantly reduce stressanxietydepression, and pain, and enhance peace, perceptionself-concept, and well-being. Research is ongoing to better understand the effects of meditation on health (psychologicalneurological, and cardiovascular) and other areas. 

Benefits of Meditation

Stress Reduction

Reduce stress by promoting relaxation and calming the mind. Regular practice can lead to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Improved Relationships

Meditation fosters qualities such as compassion, empathy, and patience. Practitioners often find that their interpersonal relationships benefit as a result of enhanced emotional intelligence.

Improved Focus & Concentration

Meditation helps train the mind to focus on the present moment, leading to improved concentration in daily tasks.

Increased Self-Awareness

Meditation cultivates self-awareness, allowing individuals to observe their thoughts and emotions without judgment. This self-reflection can lead to a greater understanding of oneself and one's behavior.

Enhanced Emotional Well-being

Meditation can contribute to a positive emotional state by encouraging a more balanced and mindful approach to emotions.

Improved Physical Health

Meditation has been associated with: lower blood pressure, better management of chronic pain, better sleep, and structural brain changes associated with learning, memory and emotional regulation.

It is important to note that individual experiences with meditation may vary, and the benefits often become more pronounced with consistent practice over time. The benefits listed above are supported and shared by leading healthcare and medical centers such as: Mayo Clinic, Harvard UniversityCleveland Clinic, UC Davis Health, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

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