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高三阅读理解Meditation has been around for thousands

时间:2019-02-02 20:21  作者:Edmond  来源:www.2abc8.com

Meditation has been around for thousands of years, starting as a religious practice. Hindu(印度教)holy books from around 1500 BC describe meditating on the divine (神),and art from this time period shows people sitting cross-legged and alone in a garden. In China and India around the fifth century BC, other forms of mediation developed. Several religions, including Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity, had meditative ceremonies. In 20th-century Europe and America, secular meditation arrived from India. Rather than focusing on spiritual growth, it emphasizes stress reduction, relaxation, and self-improvement.
Although it still isn't exactly mainstream, many people practice meditation. Mindfulness meditation, in particular, has become more popular in recent years. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on one's breathing, and bringing the mind's attention to the present. Concerns about the past or future are let go of. An individual can picture worries popping like a bubble or flying away like a butterfly.
Mindfulness is about increasing awareness and practicing acceptance. To be present is to have sharpened attention. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits your emotional well-being."Among the emotional benefits are reducing negative emotions, increased self-awareness, and stress management skills. Asthma, depression, and sleep disorders are all conditions worsened by stress. Several studies have shown that patients with these conditions benefit from meditation.
Dr. Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, says, "I have been researching effects of meditation on health for thirty years and have found it has persuasive benefits. The benefits of meditation are coming to be widely accepted by health professionals business leaders and the media. It is now time for the medical profession to catch up."
24. The underlined word “secular” in paragraph 1most nearly means. 
A. non-religious .                    B. non-traditional.        
C. serious. D. daily.
25. When you are deep in meditation, you will .
A. feel tired very soon
B.have sleep disorders
C. sense calm and peace
D. experience more negative emotions
26. What is the main idea of the text?
A. One's mental health is supposed to come first in life.
B. Medicine is no more effective than meditation for patients.
C. Mindfulness meditation helps practitioners focus on mental health.
D. Mindfulness meditation is getting more accepted due to its benefits.


答案 24-26 ACD

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