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difference between meditation, guided imagery?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Breath vsImagination: Meditation: a mental technique, focused on breathing, repetitively practiced for the purpose of attaining a subjective experience that is frequently described as very restful, silent, & of heightened alertness, often characterized as blissful. Guided imagery: more active & proactive, though gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination.
Dr. Martin Rossman
Holistic Medicine 52 years experience
One point vs process: Meditation is a state of relaxed focus concentration, most commonly on a single focus, be it breath, mantra, counting, a light, a body part, etc. An image can be the focus of attention. Guided imagery is a more active, often process or problem-solving focus on the unconscious process as displayed via imagery.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How does meditation work to relieve stress?

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Family Medicine 7 years experience
Relaxation: While the precise mechanism is not well-understood, meditation seems to relax the body by reducing the metabolic activity of the body and the brain while still maintaining a state of wakefulness. Meditation also depresses the sympathetic nervous system involved in the "fight or flight" response, and may have long-term effects on the brain, improving cognitive function and emotional stability.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What is the best form of meditation/yoga for a bodybuilder/boxer?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Many forms: I believe at least one "mind body" session per week will enhance anyone's training. There are different forms of yoga and i would just experience a beginner session to start then go from their. This will make your muscles work differently. You will improve your breathing and balance as well. This will enhance your body building activity. Good luck!
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can meditation help me lose weight?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe, maybe not: If a person snacks or eats more when he is stressed out, then meditation can relieve stress and decrease eating. If he is quietly alone, meditating, then he is not at the grocery store, the bar, or the restaurant, so he is getting fewer calories. However, if he is meditating instead of jogging, biking, or swimming, then he is burning fewer calories . . . And might not lose weight in that case.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

How can I get rid of negative thoughts? Therapy, meditation, I m confused

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Psychiatry 39 years experience
Cause or context?: Periodic negative thoughts are "our lot in life" - but if it is very distressing, for example, disrupting sleep, your daily routine, or prompting self-medication with substances like alcohol, consider formal psychiatric evaluation. Thought stopping - visualizing a large red stop sign, and shouting to yourself "stop" - can also help. Intentional distraction can disrupt rumination as well.
A 31-year-old member asked:

No time to meditate. What are some other fast easy ways to relieve stress?

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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Exercise: Exercise and adequate rest are some other ways. If stress is leading to certain symptoms, you should discuss with your doctor to help with them while the lifestyle changes are effective.

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