There is a vast number of contemplative practices. They differ in the contexts in which they are immersed, the belief systems that they are linked to, and the nature of the activity involved (individual or social, mental and/or physical, etc.).
Below, we offer some resources and tips for beginning or continuing a contemplative practice, with a focus on meditation. We base this advice on the best available scientific evidence, although there is often too little of it in this field to provide firm recommendations. We will continue to update this page as new evidence emerges.
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Beginning a meditation practice
Are you seeking to include meditation in your life? These resources will help you to get started.
Advancing my meditation practice
Are you looking to take the next steps in establishing your meditation practice? These resources will help you on your way.
Difficulties that can arise during practice
Some people may find the experience of meditation to be challenging. If you or someone you know experience this issue, help is available.
Exploring different traditions
Gain insights from diverse meditation practitioners across various traditions as they share their unique approaches and perspectives on the practice. Explore their methods, experiences, and essential insights that highlight the significance of meditation in distinct ways.