s9 - Chapter 9 Meditation What is Meditation?...

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Chapter 9 Meditation
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What is Meditation? Mental exercise that affects body   processes Has physical benefits Tradition is grounded in Eastern cultures Purpose is to gain control over your  attention Thus, you can choose what to focus upon  What kind of stress mgmt technique is this?
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Approaches to Meditation 1. Opening up of the attention Requires nonjudgmental  attitude Allows external and internal stimuli to  come in All stimuli are absorbed 2. Focusing of the attention Object of focus is either repetitive  or  unchanging
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Types of Meditation 1. Mandala : geometric figure used  as the object of focus 2. Nadam: imagined sounds used  as the object of focus 3. Mantra: a word used as the  object of focus 4. Koan : unanswerable, illogical  riddle used as the object of  focus
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1. Pranayama: a Hindu practice that  involves breathing as the object  of focus 2. Anapanasati : a Zen practice that  involves counting breaths as the 
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2011 for the course SDS 3482 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '09 term at University of Florida.

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