All About Meditation

Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditating is deceptively simple. A cartoon from The New Yorker sums it up: Two monks are sitting side by side, meditating. The younger one is giving the older one a quizzical look, to which the older one responds, "Nothing happens next. This is it."

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Is it possible to live a mindful life in our chaotic world?
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By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 22, 2016 in Open Gently
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By Bernard L. De Koven on June 21, 2016 in On Having Fun
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