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Meditation Instruction

Meditation

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A large statue in Bangaloredepicting Shiva meditating
Mind-body interventions edit
NCCAM classifications
  1. Alternative Medical Systems
  2. Mind-Body Intervention
  3. Biologically Based Therapy
  4. Manipulative Methods
  5. Energy Therapy
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Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves turning attention to a single point of reference. It is recognized as a component of almost all religions, and has been practiced for over 5,000 years.[1][2][3] It is also practiced outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasize different goals -- from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. Meditation is not about doing something; rather it is about doing nothing. Meditation is experiencing emptiness and enjoying it.[4]

The word meditationoriginally comes from theIndo-European root med-, meaning "to measure."[5][6] From the root med- are also derived the English words mete, medicine, modest, andmoderate. It entered English as meditationthrough the Latinmeditatio, which originally indicated every type of physical or intellectualexercise, then later evolved into the more specific meaning "contemplation."

Eastern meditation techniques have been adapted and increasingly practiced in Western culture[7]

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