Meditation is a mental exercise that trains attention and awareness. Its purpose is often to curb reactivity to one’s negative thoughts and feelings, which, though may be disturbing and upsetting and hijack attention from moment to moment, are invariably fleeting.
It’s impossible for us to make our thoughts disappear and often, the more we try to supress them, the louder they become. But practicing meditation can help clear away the mind’s chatter. Studies show that meditating even for as little as 10 minutes increases the brain’s alpha waves (associated with relaxation) and decrease anxiety and depression.
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