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An altered state of consciousness is a mental state other than ordinary waking consciousness such as sleep meditation hypnosis or a drug-induced state The alternate state of consciousness sleep is a necessary one It is something that every living human must have to live However there are some alternate states of consciousness that are voluntary Some of these are meditation hypnosis and drugs Of these two alternate states meditation interests me the most The concentrative form of meditation is a group of techniques that involve focusing attention on an object a word ones breathing or body movement in order to block out all distractions to enhance well-being and to achieve an altered state of consciousness Some forms of meditation originated in Eastern religions and were used to attain a higher spiritual state However in the modern United States those same forms are used as techniques to relax and achieve other things This alternate state of consciousness is voluntary and so it is in contrast with sleep by that factor Meditation is in contrast with hypnosis because hypnosis is used to change thoughts feelings behavior and a few other things Hypnosis is also induced by another a hypnotist whereas meditation is self-induced Drugs are taken to deal with emotional or psychological problems or simply for the thrill This is not natural So since meditation is natural it is also in contrast with a drug-induced state I dont really understand how meditation works I see that it is basically not thinking about anything else but one thing Concentrating on this one thing takes away all the distractions in the world around the person who is meditating However I would like to see research done on all the different methods and the exact details of how they work I would like to know the effects meditation has on people both short-term and long-term if any Although I myself would never practice meditation I would still find
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