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Meditation for Your Health

Meditation encompasses practices that focus the mind and connect it to the breath and body to produce physical and mental effects. Research is finding meditation useful for a variety of health conditions—including for easing chronic pain, reducing gastrointestinal symptoms, and lowering blood pressure and stress to protect the heart. With regular practice, meditation can also help you gain a deeper awareness of your inner self. This guide will cover some of the many different approaches to the practice, explain how meditation activates various parts of the brain, and explore the different medical conditions it might help. Then we will guide you, step by step, through the processes you can use to calm your mind and breath, so that you can get started incorporating meditation into your daily life.

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You probably know what meditation looks like—the classic image of a person seated with legs crossed, eyes closed, and hands resting—thumb and middle finger touching—atop each knee. But what’s happening under the surface of that serene pose? Very little and quite a lot, it turns out.

Meditation encompasses practices that focus the mind and connect it to the breath and body to produce physical and mental effects. Research is finding meditation useful for a variety of health conditions—including for easing chronic pain, reducing gastrointestinal symptoms, and lowering blood pressure and stress to protect the heart. With regular practice, meditation can also help you gain a deeper awareness of your inner self. There is even some evidence that meditation changes your brain. evidence that meditation changes your brain.

This guide will cover some of the many different approaches to the practice, explain how meditation activates various parts of the brain, and explore the different medical conditions it might help. Then we will guide you, step by step, through the processes you can use to calm your mind and breath, so that you can get started incorporating meditation into your daily life.
  • What is meditation?
  • Types of practice
  • What happens when you meditate?
  • How meditation changes your brain
  • Which health conditions does meditation help?
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Chronic pain
    • Cancer
    • Chronic bowel disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Insomnia
    • Addiction
    • Smoking
  • How to get started
  • Resources

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