Your Guide to Meditation If You’re Just Starting Out

Use this step-by-step guide if you're new to meditation.
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Meditation Problem: “My mind races.”

Why it happens: That’s the way your mind naturally works.

How to work with it: Try counting your breaths, or repeating a word or phrase (such as “peace” or “one”) silently to yourself. “The practice of meditation is not about suppressing thought, but surpassing it. Observing your breath is one way to approach this,” says Victor Davich, author of 8-Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind, Change Your Life. You may want to try a guided meditation to quiet your mind and develop your focus.

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