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Simply put, meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single focal point for the purpose of increasing your awareness of the present moment. The focal point varies among different forms of meditation. Let’s look at a few of them.

In Transcendental Meditation (TM), made famous by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the practitioner sitting in a lotus position, silently chanting a mantra. Kundalini Meditation, with its roots in Buddhist and Hindu teachings, focuses on the breath as it flows through the energy centers of the body. Qi Gong is a form of exercise that has meditative qualities and combines breathing techniques and movement. Zazen, or seated meditation, is a tradition from Zen Buddhism and is an unguided form of breathing meditation. Mantra Meditation uses a single word or sound, such as “Om,” as the object of awareness. Rather than focusing on the breath, sound or words, Movement Meditation focuses on gentle movement, such as gentle swaying or rocking. Finally, there is Mindful Meditation which uses the breath to explore the workings of the mind and learn to be present.

Whichever form of meditation you use, work towards a daily practice to gain the most benefits such a discipline can offer.

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