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.
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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.
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.
Also known as Metta meditation; the goal is to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness toward everything.
During meditation, practitioners send and repeat messages of loving-kindness, until they feel an attitude of loving kindness.
Practitioners of mindful meditation focus their attention on only one thought. The goal is to be firmly affixed to the present moment. This typically means concentrating on the breath - observing each inhalation and exhalation - and without consideration to other thoughts.