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Question

I notice that you have a meditation section now. Just exactly what is meditation?

Answer

For those of us seeking effective ways to relax, meditation refers to various activities which help create a calm state of mind. Sitting in a quiet place, in a comfortable position, for a short while, meditators focus (and refocus) their attention on breath, a mantra or an image. Over time and with consideration, some things that seem unnecessarily worrisome in daily life, can appear less urgent and compelling for seasoned meditators.

For example, take a look at one of our photographs. Focus your attention on the photo and when your attention strays, refocus it again. If you can do this for several minutes several times a day. Find out if you are a person who responds well to this kind of relaxation technique.

3/12/98

Marianne Ross, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Irvine and Laguna Beach, CA. (714) 497-3454). She also works at the University of California, Irvine. Counseling Center/College of Medicine.

 

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