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Many people hear the word meditation and instantly think of trendy yoga girls, cheesy narrated audio guides, and Buddhist monks. While it may be tempting to write off meditation as part of a new age spiritualism that you’re just not into, meditation does not have to be tied to specific philosophy or religion. Meditation is really about quieting your mind, listening to your body, and allowing yourself to release thoughts of the past and future, if only for the moment. The reality is that anyone can meditate, and there are as many varieties of meditation as there benefits.