Meditation, a type of mind-body medicine, has been practiced for thousands of years. During meditation, you develop intentional focus — minimizing random thoughts about the past or future.
Many forms of meditation exist, but most have in common a quiet setting, a comfortable position, focused attention and an open attitude.
Meditation may offer many benefits, such as helping with concentration, relaxation, inner peace, stress reduction and fatigue.
Research has found that meditation may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. When combined with conventional medicine, meditation may improve physical health. For example, some research suggests meditation can help manage symptoms of conditions such as insomnia, heart disease, pain, cancer and digestive problems.
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