Just as exercise is essential to our physical
health, the ancient tradition of meditation is important to our
psychological and spiritual health. While the body maintains a state
of profound rest during meditation, the brain and mind become more
alert. Studies show that after meditating, our reactions are quicker,
creativity is greater and comprehension is expanded.
Regular meditation fine tunes the metabolism both physiologically
and biochemically. It decreases stress hormones, blood pressure
and cholesterol levels, while lowering respiration and pulse rates.
Meditation promotes a healthy sense of relaxation and can even
The psychological benefits of meditation include decreased anxiety,
depression and irritability; improved learning ability and memory;
increased feelings of vitality, rejuvenation and happiness; and
a greater sense of overall emotional stability.
Meditation can even act to purify the mind, cleansing our thoughts
of psychic irritants, such as greed, hatred and jealousy. Through
meditation, we can experience a state of tranquility and a heightened
awareness of our thoughts, words and deeds.
Many forms of meditation use breathing techniques to quiet the
mind. These techniques are easy to learn; some are as simple as
consciously following the flow of our own breath. With practiced
meditation, we become aware of the mind and the way our thoughts
can produce stress. By quieting the mind, meditation puts us in
touch with the inner self, allowing our body's inner wisdom to