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Meditation Is Not Just For Philosophers

By Tom Herrin

When I was younger, I thought of meditation as something strange or foreign to most people.  You heard it referred to when talking about Beatniks (I know, I'm dating myself) back in the 1960s.  At that time it seemed they sat around coffee houses drinking espresso and thinking deep thoughts.  Meditation is more than that, and people are using it more than ever with pretty good results.  Many kinds of it are available on various television programs dedicated to it.  There are strong indications it can provide improvement from some health problems. 

There Are A List Of Different Kinds

A lot of people are familiar with yoga.  They have seen people using it as they take various positions.  Yoga mats can be bought in any store that sells sporting goods.  Tai chi is another one that seems to have gained in popularity.  I see it on television schedules.  According to, in an article entitled “Meditation:  A simple, fast way to reduce stress,” some other well-known kinds of meditation include: Guided Meditation; Mantra Meditation; Mindfulness Meditation; Qi gong; and Transcendental Meditation.  Some of these use focusing on a word, a thought, emotions, breathing, etc.  In many cases, people will use “prayer and meditation” to achieve a certain peace and calm.  

There Can Be Good Results

Meditation can help to achieve some good outcomes.  There are some reliable studies that indicate it can help reduce blood pressure, relieve anxieties, ease pain, and create overall positive emotional experiences.  It is one of the oldest continuing practices available.  Of course, meditation will require practice, as with all things.  For the most part, the more you practice using it, the more successful it will become within your routine.  

There Is Little Or No Cost

One of the great things about meditation is there are no big expenses.  You might purchase a few small things, like a yoga mat, but there is no real cost.  This is not to say you should abandon any other things you do such as exercise, good eating, etc., but meditation may very well complement all those.  Things like breathing activities could help you to achieve more from your regular exercise routine.  With the ready availability of meditation programs on television and other resources, you may as well give it a try.  After a couple of times, you will probably see whether or not it is something that can fit your style and needs.  Who knows, you may come up with some deep thoughts of your own.

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