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What’s the difference between meditation and relaxation?

Relaxation and meditation tend to be used interchangeably, but they’re actually pretty distinct.

Meditation can be accompanied by varying degrees of relaxation, including some of the most profound states. But when you meditate, relaxation isn’t the goal, but more of a wonderful side effect. With meditation, you also achieve better self–knowledge, clarity of thought, focus and wellbeing, among numerous other benefits.

Besides, there are many different ways to just relax — either through specific techniques designed to achieve just that, and others where you simply find yourself feeling relaxed through doing something pleasurable, like sitting in the sun, walking in the park or listening to music.

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