Meditation

Meditate - woman 150%Meditation uses mantras, ways of breathing, and other techniques to alter activity in the brain. While particular goals may vary in different traditions, a common theme is to:

calm and focus the mind

reduce harmful habits and suffering

move toward recognizing wisdom.

Meditation is central to the practice of Buddhism, and may be used in various ways in other religious orientations. One Christian form involves contemplative prayer. Mindfulness meditation, and a general attitude of mindfulness, have been discussed as approaches that can fit well with religious naturalism.

Links

Techniques

23 types of meditation
Mindfulness meditation (Psychology Today)
Relaxation response
5 Meditation Tips for Beginners

Effects and benefits

Why do Buddhists meditate? (BBC)
Adam Gopnick – What meditation can do for us, and what it can’t (New Yorker)