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October 28th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

How and why to practice compassion meditation

Editor's note: Video produced by Brandon Ancil. Shot by Jarrett Bellini and Mandy Carranza.

This week The Chart and CNN's Belief blog take a closer look at meditation, its varied forms and its physical and emotional benefits.

Like many Buddhists, Lobsang Tenzin Negi insists that a person doesn’t don’t have to be Buddhist to benefit from meditation.

Meditation: Focus on now

“It's a simple training by which you enhance certain skills like compassion, attention, love – you train again and again to get better,” he says.

How to get Zen at your desk

Many Westerners have discovered focused-attention meditation, during which the practitioner focuses on a single object, often the breath, for a set period of time in an attempt to cultivate powers of concentration. For more tips, check out CNN's Belief blog.

Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can

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  1. Truth

    Meditation is not the same as prayer. It has nothing to do with religion. It exercises the mind the same way that we go to a gym and workout to exercise the mind. The results of both are important.

    October 28, 2010 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SoundGuy

    I have meditated for several years and I still find it helpful to have some sort of guidance during the meditation session. Not always, but on those days that my mind is wondering I do find it useful. The site http://www.transcendentaltones.com has great resources for this. They have 2 short guided meditations for free download: one for beginners, where the attention is focused on your breathing, and one for advanced students, where the work is with self-affirmations, all in english and in spanish. They also have sounds of nature tracks that last between 20 and 40 minutes. Perfect for a longer meditation, a massage session, or even to put in your living room and relax. The site is worth a visit, I highly recommend it.

    October 29, 2010 at 01:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Elle

    It would be great, what with all the news on bullying, to hear something about a link between bullying (victims and perpetrators both) and compassion meditation. thanks to cnn, i now know about compassion meditation. i've practiced tm, but as a grown woman still traumatized by memories of being bullied, i found compassion therapy to have real "breakthrough" properties. more, please!!

    October 29, 2010 at 01:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Improve Concentration

    I think that meditation is a great techniques to Improve Concentration

    October 30, 2010 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
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