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A Simple Meditation Exercise for Stress Reduction

The following meditation technique, which focuses on the breath, is easy to do on your own. Practiced for at least fifteen minutes when you get up and before you go to bed, this low-key regimen will help you feel remarkably relaxed and refreshed—and may even help in lowering your cholesterol.

  1. Select a quiet spot where you can sit comfortably, preferably with your back straight (don't lie down; it's easy to become sleepy).
  2. Take slow, deep breaths. Focus your mind on inhaling and exhaling.
  3. As you try to concentrate, your mind may begin to wander. When it does, simply let the stray thoughts pass through, and return your attention to your breath. Don't get upset if you become momentarily distracted; it's common for beginners and experts alike.
  4. Continue to try to stay focused on your breath for whatever amount of time you have.
  5. Repeat every morning and evening, if possible.

For more information, see the WholeHealthMD Reference Library entry on meditation.

Date Published: 03/18/2008
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