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1OverviewThe term meditation refers to a group oftechniques, such as mantra meditation, relaxationresponse,mindfulness med...
2OverviewIn meditation, a person learns to focus attention.Some forms of meditation instruct the practitionerto become min...
3OverviewMost types of meditation have four elementsin common:**A quiet location**Meditation is usually practiced in a qui...
4Overview**A specific, comfortable posture**Depending on the type beingpracticed, meditation can be done whilesitting, lyi...
5Overview**A focus of attention**Focusing one’s attention is usually a part ofmeditation. For example, the meditator may f...
6Overview**An open attitude**Having an open attitude during meditation meansletting distractions come and go naturally wit...
7Overview**An open attitude**Meditation used as CAM is a type of mind-bodymedicine. Generally, mind-body medicinefocuses o...
8Key Points• People practice meditation for a number ofhealth-related purposes.• It is not fully known what changes occur ...
9Key Points• Tell your health care providers about anycomplementary and alternative practices you use.Give them a full pic...
10Side effects and risksMeditation is considered to be safe for healthypeople. There have been rare reports thatmeditation...
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The term meditation refers to a group of techniques, such as mantra meditation, relaxation response,mindfulness meditation, and Zen Buddhist meditation. Most meditative techniques started in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions. These techniques have been used by many different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. Today, many people use meditation outside of its traditional religious or cultural settings, for health and well-being.
In meditation, a person learns to focus attention. Some forms of meditation instruct the practitioner to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. This practice is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can change how a person relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts.
Most types of meditation have four elements in common:
A quiet location. Meditation is usually practiced in a quiet place with as few distractions as possible. This can be particularly helpful for beginners.
A specific, comfortable posture. Depending on the type being practiced, meditation can be done while sitting, lying down, standing, walking, or in other positions.
A focus of attention. Focusing one’s attention is usually a part of meditation. For example, the meditator may focus on a mantra (a specially chosen word or set of words), an object, or the sensations of the breath. Some forms of meditation involve paying attention to whatever is the dominant content of consciousness.
An open attitude. Having an open attitude during meditation means letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them. When the attention goes to distracting or wandering thoughts, they are not suppressed; instead, the meditator gently brings attention back to the focus. In some types of meditation, the meditator learns to “observe” thoughts and emotions while meditating.
Meditation used as CAM is a type of mind-body medicine. Generally, mind-body medicine focuses on:
The interactions among the brain/mind, the rest of the body, and behavior.
The ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health.

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  1. 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=587Fitango EducationHealth TopicsMeditation
  2. 2. 1OverviewThe term meditation refers to a group oftechniques, such as mantra meditation, relaxationresponse,mindfulness meditation, and ZenBuddhist meditation. Most meditative techniquesstarted in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions.These techniques have been used by manydifferent cultures throughout the world forthousands of years. Today, many people usemeditation outside of its traditional religious orcultural settings, for health and well-being.
  3. 3. 2OverviewIn meditation, a person learns to focus attention.Some forms of meditation instruct the practitionerto become mindful of thoughts, feelings, andsensations and to observe them in anonjudgmental way. This practice is believed toresult in a state of greater calmness and physicalrelaxation, and psychological balance. Practicingmeditation can change how a person relates to theflow of emotions and thoughts.
  4. 4. 3OverviewMost types of meditation have four elementsin common:**A quiet location**Meditation is usually practiced in a quiet placewith as few distractions as possible. This can beparticularly helpful for beginners.
  5. 5. 4Overview**A specific, comfortable posture**Depending on the type beingpracticed, meditation can be done whilesitting, lying down, standing, walking, or inother positions.
  6. 6. 5Overview**A focus of attention**Focusing one’s attention is usually a part ofmeditation. For example, the meditator may focuson a mantra (a specially chosen word or set ofwords), an object, or the sensations of the breath.Some forms of meditation involve paying attentionto whatever is the dominant contentof consciousness.
  7. 7. 6Overview**An open attitude**Having an open attitude during meditation meansletting distractions come and go naturally withoutjudging them. When the attention goes todistracting or wandering thoughts, they are notsuppressed; instead, the meditator gently bringsattention back to the focus. In some types ofmeditation, the meditator learns to “observe”thoughts and emotions while meditating.
  8. 8. 7Overview**An open attitude**Meditation used as CAM is a type of mind-bodymedicine. Generally, mind-body medicinefocuses on:The interactions among the brain/mind, the rest ofthe body, and behavior.The ways in whichemotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioralfactors can directly affect health.
  9. 9. 8Key Points• People practice meditation for a number ofhealth-related purposes.• It is not fully known what changes occur in thebody during meditation; whether they influencehealth; and, if so, how. Research is under way tofind out more about meditation’s effects, how itworks, and diseases and conditions for which itmay be most helpful.
  10. 10. 9Key Points• Tell your health care providers about anycomplementary and alternative practices you use.Give them a full picture of what you do to manageyour health. This will help ensure coordinated andsafe care.
  11. 11. 10Side effects and risksMeditation is considered to be safe for healthypeople. There have been rare reports thatmeditation could cause or worsen symptoms inpeople who have certain psychiatric problems, butthis question has not been fully researched. Peoplewith physical limitations may not be able toparticipate in certain meditative practices involvingphysical movement. Individuals with existingmental or physical health conditions should speakwith their health care providers prior to starting ameditative pract

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