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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.

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Meditation’s Impact on the Brain | Documentary Clip

This is a clip from the feature documentary “A Joyful Mind.”

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7 Min Meditation to Start Your Day | Yoga with Adriene

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.

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The Science of Meditation

Meditation has never been so popular. But can it really make you smarter, happier and healthier? New research shows that it can affect the body as well as the mind, slow down the aging process, and even alter the structure of the brain.

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How Meditation Impacts the Brain and Implications for Health

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.

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Meditation Instruction: How to Meditate—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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.

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Late Night Sitting Can Change Your Life ~ Shinzen Young

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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Stress and Anxiety: Ask Andy

How do we change our relationship with anxiety? Former Buddhist monk and Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe answers your questions about stress and anxiety, and how to overcome them with self-care and mindfulness.

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How to Meditate with Charles T. Tart

Charles T. Tart, PhD, is emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, as well as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Here he presents basic and simple ideas related to the practice of meditation.

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Developing Self Compassion (Guided Meditation) - Professor Paul Gilbert

This video features a short guided meditation from the Founder of Compassion Focused Therapy - Professor Paul Gilbert.

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Mindfulness Marathon #1 - Andy Puddicombe (Meditation)

Day 1 of our Mindfulness Marathon begins with Andy Puddicombe of Headspace. I partnered together with experts in their fields to talk about ways we can help SaveTheBrain.

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