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Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is a mind-body technique designed to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention.

While meditation is often used for religious purposes, it can also be a psychotherapeutic technique used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, to enhance perception and awareness, and to bring about general well-being.

Meditation has been demonstrated to increase focus, reduce stress, and promote calmness. When used in conjunction with mindfulness practices, it can also help subjects recognize and accept negative emotions, particularly in a structured group setting or with social support from a therapist, family member, or friend.

Most religious traditions include meditation, but this portion of our guide is mostly concerned with its use as a mind-body intervention.

In psychotherapy, meditation is used to increase the conscious awareness of patients. The US-based National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health defines the use of meditation as "a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being."

Its use has been encouraged in patients undergoing long-term psychiatric or medical therapy to reduce anxiety, pain, or depression.

The American Heart Association issued a statement in 2017 to the effect that meditation could be a reasonable adjunct practice for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Meditation has also been found to have some positive effects with patients suffering from migraine headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and cognitive decline in elderly patients. Various forms of meditation have been used to decrease symptoms of PTSD and depression.

There are various meditation methods, but no one right way to meditate. The term is used to describe several techniques designed to promote mind and body integration. Some forms of meditation involve maintaining a mental focus on a sensation, while others use sound, music, repetition, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing, and focused awareness on the present without judgment.

Some people practice solitary meditation, while others might benefit from guided meditation.


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