Meditation is the practice of focusing attention on feeling calm
and having a clear awareness about life. It can produce a state of relaxation
that reduces heart rate, slows breathing, and lowers blood pressure.
Meditation usually involves slow, regular breathing and sitting
quietly for 15 to 20 minutes. During meditation, a person may focus on a single
image, sound, or mantra (words spoken or sung in a pattern). A person may focus
on breathing. Some meditators do not focus on a single purpose but rather try
to let all thoughts, feelings, sounds, or images just pass through their
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