The benefits of meditation have long been recognized by both the religious and metaphysical sects of the world as a life-enhancing process that enables an alignment of the body/mind/spirit phenomenon. These many benefits include, but are not limited to: physical, mental and spiritual health, with most of the emphasis being on the mental and spiritual health affects as more long standing. Fortunately for us, medical science is starting to catch up and is finally also giving their ‘seal of approval’ while also acknowledging the potential physical health benefits as well.
So with world authorities in agreement, why does meditation still appear to be so elusive to our daily regimes? Knowing that such a simple process can have such positive effects, why aren’t more of us engaging in this practice? Perhaps one of the answers is that we are so unaccustomed to helping ourselves, often abdicating our health and well being to others who we deem more knowledgeable, skilled, gifted or deserving. However, I think that one of the reasons it has not yet become a daily staple for us all is that there is a misunderstanding about what meditation is and how it can be done!