Meditation

Last Updated: September 28 2022

Do you have intrusive thoughts? Do you focus too much on the past or the future, instead of the present moment? Meditation is an ancient practice that aims to help with these issues, through cultivating non-judgmental awareness. Trials have shown efficacy for certain outcomes like stress and pain, but not all outcomes. Stay tuned to this page, as 350+ trials are ongoing!

Meditation is most often used for

Summary

What is meditation, and how is it different from just sitting around or yoga/prayer/etc?

Meditation seems simple, and for some it is.

Most meditation practices involve sitting, closing your eyes, and being aware of your breath, body, and thoughts ... without judging them.

Meditation is different than just sitting around, because there is an intention of being still, mindful, aware, and nonjudgmental. It's different than yoga, which is a movement practice typically centered on awareness of the body, and less so thoughts. Prayer is tied to the idea of a higher power, whereas meditation typically is not.

What else is Meditation known as?
Note that Meditation is also known as:
  • MBSR
  • mindfulness-meditation
  • sitting-practice
Meditation should not be confused with:
  • prayer
  • self-reflection
References
1.^Cebolla A, Demarzo M, Martins P, Soler J, Garcia-Campayo JUnwanted effects: Is there a negative side of meditation? A multicentre surveyPLoS One.(2017 Sep 5)