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Today's meditation landscape is so crowded with different practices, you might need to take a few deep breaths before diving in. Increasingly, meditation is being practiced by people of all religious, spiritual, and secular leanings—as a way to embrace the silence between thoughts and make room for the sacred. Beliefnet invites you to explore a multifaith selection of meditations, nearly all with audio instructions. Whether you are an experienced meditator or a beginner just testing the waters, it should be easy to find a style below that suits you. So just click, relax, and listen. And don't forget to breathe.


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  • Walking meditation
    From "Guided Meditations" by Bodhipaksa, courtesy of Wild Mind.
  • Mindful Moving
    From "Meditation for Optimum Health" by Dr. Andrew Weil and Jon Kabat-Zinn, courtesy of Sounds True.
  • Whatever your faith or mindset, meditating while you walk is a pleasant, easy way to expand your powers of concentration since the practice requires no accessories and no quiet room or special circumstance.

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    You can focus on your breathing and count out your breaths while walking to work. Just break your steps down into slow, mindful movements and breathe. You may repeat a favorite inspirational verse or affirmation. Notice how the ground rises up to meet your feet. Instructs meditation teacher and author Charles MacInerney, "Walk with 'soft vision,' allowing the eyes to relax and focus upon nothing, while aware of everything. Once you have discovered your natural rhythm, lock into it, so that the rhythm of the walking sets the rhythm for the breath like a metronome." Walking meditations are employed in various meditative traditions—Buddhist Vipassanna

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