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Making meditation a part of your life
You might be aware of meditation as a practice, but not be sure how to get involved with this potentially beneficial activity, or what it might be able to do for you, such as contributing to healthy living.
In this article, we'll explore just a few of the answers to the questions of how meditation might be able to help people, and how they can start practicing.
A host of benefits
Search 'meditation' online and it won't take you long to find people extolling its virtues.
Many experts, like the Meditation Foundation's Stuart Bold, think that meditating can be beneficial.
"There are a huge range of evidence-based benefits derived from learning and using meditation and mindfulness," he said in a 2012 interview.
"These range from benefits that directly and significantly improve health and wellbeing [...] to those which improve cognitive function and brain power and through to those which aid business, enhance sports performance and generally improve quality of life."
Some of the benefits Mr Bold mentioned at the time were reducing stress, weight management, better sleep and supporting pain management.
If you're experiencing loneliness, it could be that meditation could help. An eight-week meditation programme cut down loneliness in adults of an older age according to University of California research reported by the university last year.
The research, published in 'Brain, Behaviour and Immunity', used 40 people aged 55 to 85, and saw participants using mindfulness-based stress reduction or MBSR.
How can I get involved?
No matter where you live, the chances are you won't be far away from a course about meditation. There are also a large number of books available that will give you an insight into the different types of meditation that are out there, how they can help you, and how to practice them.
Where should I meditate?
Luckily, meditation doesn't require a particularly 'special' environment in order to be practiced. You can find tips on the sort of places that are good to meditate in books on the subject, but it's often a good idea to be somewhere where you are not being bombarded with noise from the outside world.
Why not create a space in your bedroom which is set aside just for your meditation needs? Or use a spare room in your house for your new, potentially helpful hobby?