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Mindfulness Meditation

"You are traveling a path that has led to clarity, peace, and deep realization for many people over thousands of years.  May their awakening support and inspire you.  And may the sincerity of  your practice heal and free your spirit." - Tara Brach

Anderson Cooper reports on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today's world of digital distractions.

What is the Difference Between Meditation and Guided Imagery?

Meditation is sitting quietly in the present moment. Meditation takes practice; retraining your mind to let go does not happen immediately, but if you take the time to practice once a day or a few times a week, it becomes increasingly easier to access a meditative state. Making meditation a part of your life can lead to lower levels of stress and anxiety and a greater level of personal connectedness.

Guided imagery is another excellent tool for stress reduction. The process relies on visualization and mental imagery. A trained facilitator talks you through a mental journey. Some focus on helping you to imagine yourself without stress or worry, while others seek to take your mind to a quiet and positive place, such as a lake or a beach. See our Relaxation page for examples of some wonderful guided imagery exercises.