There are many ways to meditate. Just as a scientist is not always a person in a white lab coat, a meditator is not always a person sitting on a cushion in the lotus position on the floor. What various types of meditation have in common is a shift into a relaxed alpha-brain-wave pattern and dominance of the parasympathetic nervous system, which leads to increases in molecular messengers that promote psychological, immunological, and endocrinological health.
We do not meditate to mask or cover up emotions or ask you to forget your emotions. Our emotions may be valuable messengers. Addressing our feelings is important, for it is a release of what otherwise could become toxic to our systems. We can learn how to express feelings in productive and non-harming ways, and to identify and ask for our needs.
Meditation is a form of mental exercise for the purpose of clearing, quieting, centering, or focusing the mind. Meditation is a stress reduction technique. Meditation practice may be (1) focused attention—voluntary focusing the attention on word(s), sound(s), breath, persons, image, or object, or 2) open-monitoring—nonreactive monitoring of internal and external environments from moment to moment,
As a non-denominational mind-body therapeutic intervention, meditation may be used by persons of all faiths and belief systems.