Meditation, one of the oldest practices used to effectively treat stress and manage pain. Generically defined, meditation is an activity that calms the mind and keeps it focused on the present moment. In a meditative state, the mind is not cluttered with thoughts or memories of the past; or its concerned with future events.
There are many kinds of meditation techniques, but most fall into one of two categories: concentrative and mindfulness. During concentrative meditation attention is focused on a single sound, an object, or ones breath, to bring about a calm, tranquil mind. During mindfulness meditation, the mind becomes aware of but does not react to the wide variety of sensations, feelings and images tied in with your current activity. By sitting quietly and allowing the images of your surroundings to pass through your mind without reacting to or becoming involved with them, you can attain a calm state of mind.
Meditation is an effective self-care technique that can be a useful part of your health care program.