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The intention of calming meditation is to cultivate a quieter, more peaceful state of mind and improved concentration.
Insight meditation often sets an intention to transform the mind by developing qualities such as wisdom and compassion.
Many meditation techniques combine elements of both.
It uses the object of your breath to focus attention and maintain awareness. If your mind starts to wander, return your attention to your breath.
Concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point.
In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Through this process, your ability to concentrate improves.
Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind.
Through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns.
It is the process of being fully present with your thoughts, being aware of your surroundings and not reactive to what is going on around you.
Although some prefer to sit in a quiet place...
The goal of this technique is to achieve inner peace without concentration or effort.
A person is assigned a mantra to repeat in a specific way. It is practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with eyes closed.
It is also called visualization or guided imagery, where you form mental pictures or situations that you find relaxing.
It is commonly led by a guide, and practitioners are encouraged to use as many senses as possible to evoke calmness.