You don’t have to sit cross-legged on a mountain top to benefit from meditation. Millions of people practice it every day to focus their mind and induce a more relaxed and calm existence.

While Eastern religions have practiced it for centuries, only in the last century has it become popular in the West.

While a number of remarkable claims have been made about their benefits, ranging from increased intelligence to reversing the aging process, these have not stood up to scientific scrutiny.

However, there are a number of psychological and physical benefits which have stood the test of time!

These include reduced heart rates, altered brain waves and lowered oxygen consumption rates to name a few (indeed 20-30 minutes can reduce oxygen consumption rates to levels achieved after 6-7 hours of sleep)

It has also been shown to decrease stress, reduce blood pressure and reduce anxiety and tension.

Similar to hypnosis, it can improve performance by reducing stress and focusing attention on what has to be done.

While it does not work for everybody; some people fall asleep while others tie themselves in knots wondering if they can master the art of controlling their thoughts.

The important thing with the following techniques is that you find one that is suitable for your needs.

It is a great way to induce a deep state of relaxation and can improve performance by reducing stress and increasing your focus.

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