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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.

My Great Wake-Up Call

Five years ago, my father fell into a deep bout of depression. Twelve months later his depression culminated in suicide.

Practicing in Daily Life

In our busy lives in this complex and often confusing world, what practical steps can we take to train our minds? The first step is to establish a regular, daily meditation practice.

Dan Harris Is 10% Happier

Network anchor Dan Harris keeps his Buddhism real. His bestselling book and popular app offer down-to-earth wisdom and achievable goals. As Harris tells Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, he wants to help bring meditation from the fringes to the mainstream.

Getting Started with Mindfulness

You have questions about mindfulness and meditation. Mindful has the answers.

These Are Not “Your” Thoughts

It is important to make thoughts the object of mindfulness. If we remain unaware of thoughts as they arise, it is difficult to develop insight into their impersonal nature and into our own deep-rooted and subtle identification with the thought process.

Kiss the Moment: Meditate Mindfully

Misconceptions about meditation can get in the way of practice. “When you’re kissing somebody you want to be there for the experience. You don’t want the other person looking out the window.”

Compassion Means Business At LinkedIn

I recently interviewed Scott Shute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn on his thoughts about compassionate leadership.

A One-Minute Lesson in Higher Consciousness

Although meditation has become widely popular, higher consciousness baffles and intimidates people. It seems like a faraway exotic attainment, and perhaps more myth that reality.

What Oprah Knows About the Power of Meditation

Oprah knows what disconnectedness feels like. Here, she talks about how meditation has changed her life—and why she's striving to be even more mindful in her daily life.

Meditation: It’s Not Just for Enlightenment Anymore

One of the best — and most easily available — ways we can become healthier and happier is through mindfulness and meditation.

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