: Meditation offers your genuine presence to yourself in every moment of your life. It can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception and wellbeing. Meditation is under research to define its possible health and other effects. Meditation involves concentration and relaxation – both of which are enhanced by yoga. Just as there are many styles of yoga, so too are there a variety of ways to meditate. The first stage of meditation is to find a focal point or method of focusing in order to free oneself from distractions. Some methods of focusing include:
• Sound: Repeating a mantra, phrase or other sound.
• Visualizing: Picturing an object with eyes closed, such as a lotus flower or the energy points in the body (chakras).
• Gazing: Looking at an actual object with eyes open. Candles, flowers or pictures are common objects used in gazing.
• Breathing: Observing the breath and what it feels like – the sensations – as it travels in and out of the body.