What is Meditation?

Meditation is the means by which we experience the love, peace, and stillness that is within ourselves. It is the process of experiencing God’s love for ourselves by taking our attention away from the world outside and focusing it within. Doing so, allows us to defocus from the turmoil of our surroundings and connect with the Source of all love, all joy, which is God. Meditation is the highest form of prayer and unlocks the gates to the reservoir of untapped love that we carry with us.

Benefits of Meditation


To understand this, we need to better understand the root cause of many of our ailments. Why do we feel overwhelmed, unhappy, lonely, ungrounded, unfulfilled, or hurt? Perhaps we are seeking connection in our lives or need healing; perhaps we do not feel safe and secure, or we do not feel fulfilled with what life has to offer. Perhaps we see life’s glass as half empty. Regardless of the reasons, these ailments all have an underlying reality: they all arise from our innate nature as humans to love and be loved. We seek love from the moment we are born, for it is our true essence. In meditation, we experience this love for ourselves.

Meditation Reduces Stress and Anxiety

People around the world have been turning to meditation to release stress, as research has shown that that spending regular, accurate time in meditation can reduce stress and anxiety. This in turn alleviates stress-related ailments such as high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain and fatigue, while reducing the risk of diseases aggravated by stress, such as heart disease, digestive disorders and headaches

Meditation Increases Immunity

Meditation also increases resistance to disease and improves recovery time after surgery and illness. These health benefits of meditation are attributed to the fact that meditation helps slow down the brain waves to a state of calm, which allows the body to also become calmer and more relaxed.

Meditation Reduces Pain

Many medical centers and hospitals now offer classes on meditation to reduce stress, eliminate certain illnesses, and improve health outcomes in patients. Meditation can heal our physical body by healing our mind and our emotional state. By becoming absorbed within, we divert our attention from feeling the effects of illness. There is a healing power of the Divine that we can tap into when we shift our consciousness from the physical body to our spiritual side. We can rise above physical pain by connecting with the power within in meditation.

Meditation Relaxes the Body

We receive more rest in meditation than the same amount of time spent in sleep. Why? In sleep, we dream. We may have good dreams or stressful ones. The sleeping body may react to dreams as if awake. We may toss and turn in sleep. In meditation, though, the body and mind are still. There are no stressful thoughts or dreams in meditation to which we can react. Thus, it is a time of peace for our body.

Meditation Heals the Mind

Our minds are often agitated by pressures. Life has become complicated. People have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Some people hold jobs that require long hours and too much responsibility. Others work two jobs and raise a family. People snap—they become irritable, off-balance, and “stressed-out.” They may act in ways that are not “themselves.” Sometimes they take out their frustrations on their loved ones.

Meditation Calms the Mind

Meditation is a way to eliminate the lack of balance caused by mental stress. By spending time in meditation, we create a calm haven to restore equilibrium to our mental functioning. Researchers who record brain activity find that our brain waves measure from 13—20 Hz when we are involved with stressful situations at work, driving in traffic, or in a fight-or-flight mode. In meditation, brain waves register between 5-8 Hz, a state of deep relaxation. In meditation, stress levels are reduced. The mind becomes calm, and, in turn, calms the body. Through meditation, we bring about healing of our mental state. We can then function more effectively and peacefully in this world.

Meditation Improves Concentration

As our stress levels decrease, we gain more mental clarity, equilibrium, and a sense of balance as we go about our daily activities. Our concentration and ability to focus is enhanced, and this boosts our productivity in all endeavors. We are more in control of our reactions and can face conflict and adversity with equanimity and in a calm manner. Our angle of vision shifts. We see the panorama of life for what it is, and the little things stop bothering us.

Meditation Can Become Our Inner Retreat


If we become habituated to meditation, we may call on that same calming response when in difficult situations. Rather than reacting immediately, we can take a moment of silent meditation. Putting ourselves in a meditative state is a defense against reacting in a way that produces stress. We can carry the calm of the meditative state in the face of tension throughout the day. The more we meditate, the more easily we can access a sense of serenity as we face daily challenges.