Meditation is the general term for focused practices that train our attention so we can improve our emotional stability, mental clarity, and spiritual growth. Meditation practices are present in many different spiritual and religious traditions, and they have been adapted for many secular purposes regarding physical and mental health. There are dozens of types of meditation, from those focusing on stillness to those focused on movement; from those focusing on a principle, idea, or object to those focusing on emptying the mind from any thoughts at all. Some use meditation to enhance their connection to the transcendent or divine, while others use it to connect to the physical world. Most meditation practices involve attention to breathing, the body, and the present moment; all practices aim to increase the practitioner’s sense of well-being.
Use this 7 Min Meditation to set a positive intention for the course of your day. This all-levels mindful meditation is designed to help you gather yourself, connect to what feels good, and bring you a healthy focus for your day.
How does mindfulness and meditation improve health? Helen Weng, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, explains that training our internal mental lives can have positive effects on our minds, health, and relationships.
Chögyam Trungpa gives a general orientation to meditation in the Buddhist tradition and gives meditation instruction. This is essentially the same basic instruction that he gave throughout the time he was in the United States.
Shinzen Young spoke of how late night sitting can restructure how you experience the world, during a recent Southern California retreat. An all-night “Yaza” (or night sit) was scheduled to begin right after his dharma talk. Many people decided to do it after hearing this description.
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