Meditation is a state of concentrating on some object or thought. It usually involves a person turning his or her attention inward to a single thing. The benefits of meditation can result in a higher state of consciousness. Meditation is recognized as a component of eastern religions, where it has been practiced for many centuries. Different meditation techniques have a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which can focus on developing either a high degree of mental concentration, or the apparent opposite, mental quietness. See our web site section on Stress Prevention and Reduction for additional information.