Meditation is the practice of intentionally spending time with our mind. We take time out of our busy days to sit, breathe, and try to remain focused on our breath. Doing this helps us become more aware of our thoughts, act more compassionately toward ourselves and others, and connect with the present moment.
A study by the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS) noted the association between meditation and proper sleep organisation as well as sleep stability. The researchers demonstrated the organisation of sleep stabilizes among people who practice Vipassana meditation.
Vipassana is an ancient mindfulness meditation technique. It involves observing your thoughts and emotions as they are, without judging or dwelling on them, research to date has found that Vipassana can reduce stress and anxiety.
Vipassana is based on two main tenets – concentration and self-observation. During Vipassana, a person sits down and focuses on her breathing, which is the most natural and continuous process.
Vipassana, as a concept, is also secular in nature and is a technique not bound by any religion.