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Quieting the Mind

Meditation is an exercise in quieting the mind. Meditation can help restore mental balance leading to a feeling of happiness and contentment.

Think of the brain as a faucet where the water is constantly flowing. The flowing "water" is our thoughts about such things as the never-ending list of tasks that we have to do, should do, didn't do, and might do. Stopping the flow of these thoughts and slowing down the mind is the goal of meditation. By turning off the faucet, a person who practices meditation can attain clearer thinking, improved health, and a greater understanding of their own goals.

When one first sits down to meditate, it may seem as though one's mind is racing at 100 miles a minute. One thinks of the report that needs to be turned in, the dishes that haven't been done, and the countless other problems in life that unconsciously stream in. This is because when meditating, one finally realizes how active the mind actually is. The focus must then be taken away from these thoughts and centered instead on breathing in deeply through the nostrils and out through the mouth. Although it seems simple to "just breathe," in reality, it is easier said than done. Blocking out external thoughts takes a great deal of effort. By sitting in an upright position with legs folded and thumbs just barely touching the index fingers, meditation can bring relaxation and inner peace. All thoughts of the things that should, could, and would be fade away as the mind is quieted.

     
  1.

What can be achieved via meditation?

       
    (A) Thoughts can be sped up.
    (B) A person can easily fall asleep.
    (C) The body can move faster.
    (D)

Peace and calm can be achieved.

       
  2. Why might people find meditation difficult?
       
    (A) Opening up your heart isn't easy.
    (B)

Thoughts are constantly coming in.

    (C) There are too many people looking at you.
    (D) It's a time to unwind and relax.
       
  3. Just breathing may seem like an easy task, but _____.
       
    (A)

it is harder to achieve than one might think

    (B) only a small percentage of the population can do it
    (C) it takes up to 10 minutes to accomplish
    (D) one must fold their legs and touch their thumbs to do it properly
       
      restore   to return to early good condition
           
      stream  in   to move continuously in one direction
           
      fade away   gradually disappear
           
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  Answers : 1) D    2) B    3) A
 
 
 
 
 

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