Young or old, large or small, new or experienced: meditation is available to just about everyone. It has been scientifically proven to yield a list of positive benefits to those who practice it in one form or another.
Meditation is a term that refers to a broad spectrum of techniques focused on creating a sense of internal wellbeing, peace and happiness. This may be through breathing, visualizations, quieting the mind, and more. It has been practiced for thousands of years all around the world in many different forms, and continues to benefit more and more people each day.
Meditation has been subjected to many clinical studies and has been proven to reduce the effects of anxiety, stress and clinical depression to those who practice it (Ma & Teasdale, 2004). Although meditation is most commonly depicted and thought of as sitting down with crossed legs and closed eyes, it is often something that naturally occurs when we become totally absorbed into doing something that we love. We may experience a sense of peace and calmness whilst creating art or music, or going for a run, working out, or perhaps even while having a shower or going for a drive. These are also forms of meditation, so in different ways we may already experience moments of meditation every day without even realizing it.
At Divine Breath Foundation we promote the wellbeing of all beings, and we believe that meditation can be a very effective tool in achieving that. We look forward to sharing ways to meditate through our events, retreats, and online programs which we are currently developing. Happy Meditating everyone!
Ma, S.H., & Teasdale, J.D. (2004). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression: Replication and exploration of differential relapse prevention effects. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72(1)