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1. What is meditation?
Meditation is a mind and body practice wherein you concentrate on a specific thought, activity, or object to improve your overall health and well-being. It can help in training your mind to focus and also in redirecting your thoughts.
2. What are the various conditions that meditation can help?
Meditation can be helpful in managing many health conditions such as depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, cardiovascular diseases and pain. It can also enhance mental health by reducing stress, improving your concentration, helping to focus on the present and increasing calmness, patience as well as self-awareness.
3. What are the various techniques of meditation?
Some of the techniques of meditation include:
focused meditation - using your five senses to focus your attention. For example, by concentrating on your breath
movement meditation - using gentle motion such as yoga, gardening, qigong, etc. to calm your mind
mindfulness meditation - becoming aware of your thoughts without judging them
mantra meditation - chanting a word or phrase repeatedly
4. Can meditation help reduce stress?
Meditation can be used to reduce stress. It can help in focusing your attention and in eliminating the thoughts that are causing stress. Moreover, many health conditions that are aggravated by stress such as high blood pressure can also be managed effectively with meditation.
5. Are yoga and meditation the same?
Yoga and meditation are not the same. In fact, yoga is a technique of meditation where you carry out different postures and breathing exercises to improve concentration, calm your mind, and develop a flexible body.