Meditation On The Practice Of Meditation

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“I found that the best way that I could develop more attentive and more appreciative eyes was, oddly, by going nowhere, just by sitting still” (Iyer). Throughout centuries, meditation has been utilized for spiritual guidance. Meditation is often practiced within quiet rooms, where one cannot be disturbed. In the recent years, meditation has expanded beyond the homes of individuals. Schools across the nation have begun researching the benefits of meditation on students. The practice of meditation in schools has been shown to promote positive behavior in students; therefore it should be implemented in schools. The practice of meditation can be defined as physical, mental, emotional and spiritual training through various techniques. Meditation can be categorized into two different groups, both focusing on a systematic approach towards attention and self-regulation (Helber, Zook, Immergut 350). Specific types of meditation include mindfulness meditation, transcendental meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (“Sitting-Meditation Interventions”). The practice of meditation can be traced as far back as 5000 years ago. “Meditation was first thought to be practiced by hunter gatherers, as evidenced by archaeological findings from the era” (“A Short But Fascinating History”). Research has suggested that hunter gathers continually passed down the practice of meditation to generations, which developed the foundation of
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