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Meditation and its effect on health

Andreas Dittrich

The origin of meditation dates back more than 2.000 years. There are different approaches to meditation techniques whose roots lie in different religious cultures: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and some more. Most of these Eastern practices “aim” at the enlightenment of the meditator. The Western understanding of meditation, which became popular in the 1960s, sets its focus more on the measurable effects of meditation – health, performance, biological and psychological improvements. That is why meditation, awareness and mindfulness

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Meditation and the ability to focus

Andreas Dittrich

Scientists found out that human attention is a trainable skill. The comparison of several works of literature on the effect of meditation on human attention showed that some meditation techniques are an applicable training form.[1] It was proved that meditation improves the multitasking-abilities and thereby simplifies the concentration of people. If we can concentrate on, for example, our breath for twenty minutes, how easy it will be to concentrate on work, a conversation partner or a sports exercise.

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