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    Consumer Health: Meditation for healthy living

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World Meditation Day will be observed on Friday, May 21, which makes this a good time to learn more about the benefits of meditation.

Meditation is a type of mind-body medicine that's been practice for thousands of years. Of the many forms of meditation, most have in common a quiet setting, a comfortable position, focused attention and an open attitude.

During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind. This process can result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Research has found that meditation can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. When combined with conventional medicine, meditation can improve physical health. For example, some research suggests meditation can help manage symptoms of conditions such as insomnia, heart disease, pain, cancer and digestive problems.

Spending even a few minutes in meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit your emotional well-being and overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can carry you more calmly through your day and help you manage the symptoms of certain medical conditions.

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