“It’s a basic human practice — a human practice not owned by any organization or tradition, a practice that people can engage in no matter what their background,” Timothy Quigley, executive director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, told Medical Daily.

To meditate, in the broadest sense, is to cultivate mental concentration and clarity, and for most people this results in a greater calm. In practice, most techniques involve some form of relaxed posture and concentration on either the breath, the body, or specific words, a concept, or prayer. Like exercise, practitioners often meditate daily or at least routinely.

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