umbrella term for the many ways to achieve a relaxed state of being. There are many types of meditation and relaxation techniques that have
meditation components. All share the same goal of achieving inner peace.
Ways to meditate can include:
1. Guided meditation.
guided imagery or visualization, with this
method of meditation you form mental
images of places or situations you find
You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or
2. In mindfulness meditation
You broaden your conscious awareness.
You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your
thoughts and emotions. But let them
pass without judgment.
3. Qi gong.
This practice generally combines meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore and maintain
balance. Qi gong (CHEE-gung) is part
of traditional Chinese medicine.
This form of meditation may allow your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace,without needing to use concentration or effort
You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing
exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance
and concentration, you're encouraged
to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.