The Mindful Survey: How We Meditate

Answers from our reader survey on meditation.

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What’s your preferred meditation practice?

73% prefer seated meditation, while 5% like walking meditation best, and 10% like the body scan best. 12% would rather use other meditation methods, including running, breathing exercises, or lying down.

Do you own a meditation cushion and/or bench? How often do you meditate?

62% of survey participants meditate at least once per day, 12% meditate every other day, and 12% once or twice a week. The remaining 14% do so occasionally or have never meditated.

Do you meditate regularly? Do you encourage others to meditate?

85% of participants recommend that others try meditation. Maybe the other 15% see it as something that’s better to discover for yourself.

Have you ever received instruction in a mindfulness technique? What’s your favorite place to meditate? “When weather permits, I love to meditate in the garden; otherwise, my bedroom, where I have a dedicated yoga and meditation space.”“In church.”“At a mosque.”“At a meditation center.”“In a temple.”“In a rocking chair in my bedroom.”“On the beach.”“In a hot bubble bath, with candlelight and incense burning.”“I am in my car 90% of the time, so mostly in the car.”“In bed, before getting up for the day.”“During yoga class.”“Outside of school, waiting…

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