Meditation is often referred to as the “ultimate medicine” because it increases well-being on every level. You can also think of meditation as the ultimate coping mechanism. That’s because meditation not only will help you relax, it will give you tools for managing stress, pain, and the ongoing changes and challenges of life.
As science examines meditation, more studies point to its specific benefits. If you practice meditation consistently, you will:
- Decrease your level of stress and self-generated suffering
- Stress Management
- Strengthen your immune system and resiliency
- Pain relief
- Increase your feelings of compassion, empathy, and well-being
- Increase your ability to heal
- Increase your mental clarity, ability to focus, and energy level
- Increase activity in the prefrontal cortex of your brain (happiness center)
Meditation has lasted through the centuries because it is direct, practical, potent, and effective. In a meditation session, we look at how suffering is generated through the dualities of attachment and aversion, like and dislike, grasping and resistance. Then we practice classical techniques such as breath work, mantra, visualization, and mindfulness to develop the skills that allow us to be more centered, fully present, serene, insightful, and compassionate.
Your meditation practice can be integrated into the whole of your life. Once you’ve learned how, you don’t always have to sit formally to meditate. Each moment of your daily life can become an opportunity to deal with stresses and challenges by seeing clearly whatever arises and responding from a calm inner presence.