Meditation 101: Techniques, Benefits, and a Beginner's How-to
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.
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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.
Studies on the relaxation response have documented the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:
Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.
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