(HealthDay News) -- There are many forms of mediation, most of which are rooted in ancient tradition. For many people, it's a great way to relax and soothe stress.
Here's a summary of meditation's common principles, courtesy of the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:
- Find a quiet place with little sound or distracting activity.
- Find a position that's comfortable for you, including sitting, lying down, walking or standing.
- Focus completely on meditation, which in practice may include repeating a word or phrase, focusing mentally on an object or focusing on breathing in a certain way.
- Have an open mind and learn to acknowledge life's distractions without necessarily judging or acting on them.
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