A beginner's guide to meditation
What is meditation?
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What is meditation?

If you've never tried meditating before, you may be under the impression that it's some sort of obscure art.

The truth is, anyone's capable of meditating and you may even have done it before without realizing!

"Meditation is simply the practice of focusing awareness on a particular object of attention, generally, a mantra (word or phrase), a visual image, or the coming and going of the breath," Stephan explains.

It's all about taking a minute to stop doing everything else and focus completely on you; here, now, in the present.

You don't need any fancy whosits and whatsits, and can do it anywhere, although you'll probably find it easier in a quiet place.

"Nowadays, the most popular and most extensively researched approach is known as mindfulness meditation," Stephan continues, "which uses focus on the breath to cultivate present-moment awareness."

If you're a beginner, mindfulness meditation is a good place to start.

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