Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years, it is a tool for rediscovering the body's own inner intelligence. Meditation is not about forcing the mind to be quiet, it is about finding the silence that is already there and making it part of life.
Many people believe that the purpose of meditation is to handle stress, to tune out, to get away from it all. While that's partially true, the real purpose of meditation is actually to tune in, not to get away from it all, but to get in touch with it all. Not to just de-stress, but to find that peace within, the peace that spiritual traditions talk about that passes all understanding. So, meditation is a way to get in the space between your thoughts. You have a thought here, a thought here, and there's little space between every thought.
According to wisdom traditions, this space between the thought is the window, is the corridor, is the vortex to the infinite mind – the core of your consciousness. The more we explore this space between thoughts.
Silence is the birthplace of happiness, creativity and infinite possibilities. From this field of pure potentiality we have our bursts of inspiration, intuitive thoughts and our deepest sense of connection to the Universe. Practicing meditation on a daily basis allows you to weave silence and stillness into your mind and body to create a life of greater compassion and fulfilment. Establishing inner calm provides an access to creativity and enables you to make life affirming choices. Meditation is a journey to the centre of our very being; a journey to emotional freedom; and a journey to the reawakening of our unconditioned self.
Davidji ~ If the definition of stress is how we respond when our needs are not met, then meditation can be viewed as the antidote to stress. After many years of speculation and skepticism, meditation has now been scientifically proven to lower our heart rate; slow and deepen our breathing; increase our growth and sex hormones; suppress cortisol, glucagon, and adrenaline; boost our immune system; help us manage pain; expand our sense of well-being; and slow the fluctuations of our mind, easing the nonstop swirl of thoughts.