The benefits of becoming a mediator include better focus, less anxiety, more compassion, better memory, less stress, and more gray matter. And, one can learn how to meditate and benefit from doing so at any age.
Meditation opens the heart/mind, for the internal journey takes us both deep within and far beyond beyond the self. We begin our journey to peace and joy at any age with easing into present moment awareness, by following our breath, without trying to direct our thoughts.
Meditation provides clarity.
We quietly witness the causal connection between our thoughts and actions as we develop our practice. And, as we witness the plays projected on our own inner stage and the actors on it, we identify our attachments and aversions. We come to see how self-centeredness rooted in ego combines with aversion and ignorance to create cycles of fear and drama. We witness and we comprehend that our desire to control outcomes, and our emotional responses to events lead to our own suffering and to the suffering of others.
Meditation dispels assumptions.
Meditation frees us from bondage to wrong thinking. Through meditation we come to know that we create our experience of our reality, and that we can control generating thoughts that give rise to actions that lead to suffering.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
Meditation helps us ward off stress and disease.
John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. His latest work follows a study he and others published earlier this year showing how so-called mind-body techniques can switch on and off some genes linked to stress and immune function. – Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit
Meditation helps us develop hope, courage and strength.
“Some people misunderstand the concept of karma. They take the Buddha’s doctrine of the law of causality to mean that all is predetermined, that there is nothing that the individual can do. This is a total misunderstanding. The very term karma or action is a term of active force, which indicates that future events are within your own hands. Since action is a phenomenon that is committed by a person, a living being, it is within your own hands whether or not you engage in action.” His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama inPath to Bliss
Meditation conquers the illusions of separation and isolation.
Through meditative detachment from the everyday state of mind, we come to know and appreciate the fact that we are not alone – all sentient beings suffer. As we reach a level of deep understanding of our own condition and of the human condition, what flows from the fount within us is a refreshing stream of connectedness, compassion, and gratitude.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the majority of chronic diseases could be prevented by people managing their own stress and lifestyle.Through meditation we experience peace of mind and are better able to cope with stress and anxiety arising from troubling situations
We sit and we breathe. Following our out breath we silently experience being one with all that is and we will:
May all beings be well, may all beings be happy, may all beings be filled with loving kindness.