Back in the 1960s, The Beatles “discovered” Transcendental Meditation (TM) and helped to make it popular. Of course meditation was practiced in cultures all over the world well before the Fab Four got into it, possibly dating as far back as 5,000 BCE. This ancient practice has become popular in recent years, especially among celebrities and business people. There’s good reason: Meditation is a mind and body practice that has been shown to increase calm and physical relaxation, decrease anxiety and depression, reduce blood pressure, alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and help with insomnia. It’s also being studied to help with chronic pain, common menopausal symptoms, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Exactly how meditation is practiced depends on the type of meditation.
In general, most forms have four common elements: a quiet location free of distractions; a comfortable posture, such as sitting; a focus of attention via a chosen word, object, or breathing; and an open attitude. With the current popularity of meditation, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of options available to help you practice. If you would like to give meditation a try before finding a live class near you, take a look at the highest rated meditation apps on your mobile phone or tablet and choose one that sounds right for you.