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Part 1: The Basics of Meditation
1 What Is Meditation?
A Brief History of Meditation
The Evolution of Meditative Practices
Meditation as a Specific Discipline
Meditative Practices as Part of Spirituality and Religion
Conscious Direction of Your Mind
For a Period of Time
In Order to Affect the Mind Itself
Meditation’s Two Main Functions
Calming the Mind
The Scientific Research on Meditation
The Challenges Faced by Researchers
Current Scientific Conclusions
The Benefits of Meditation
2 Basic Meditation Postures
The Essentials of Good Meditation Posture
Staying Comfortable but Alert
The Proper Spinal Position