A beginner’s guide to meditation and mindfulness

To meditate, all you need is a place where you can focus.
To meditate, all you need is a place where you can focus.

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In the US, the amount of people practicing meditation more than tripled from 2012 to 2017. 

While meditation has a rich cultural history in countries like India, China, and Japan, it’s becoming increasingly popular in the Western world — and with good reason. 

Meditation can have extensive mental and physical health benefits, and you need less than 10 minutes alone each day to do it. It might seem difficult to get started and keep up a routine, but the following guide breaks it down for beginners. 

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Meditation for beginners

Meditation isn’t about learning how to empty your mind or stop your thoughts. Instead, meditation is the practice of training your attention and focus from a place of non-judgement.

Mindfulness meditation is the most common type of meditation in the West — and perhaps

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