Meditation is the practice of calming the mind to achieve a more focused state; or to achieve a heightened state of consciousness, awareness, or insight. It has been practiced for thousands of years and has been proven to have many benefits.
There are many different ways to practice meditation, and different levels of consciousness achieved when practicing different variations of meditation.
One of the most popular ways to meditate is mindfulness meditation, which is all about focusing on your breathing and being in the present moment. Another popular way to meditate is by using a mantra, which can be a word or phrase that you repeat over and over again in your head. Prayer and yoga are also two forms of meditation.
Transcendental meditation, is a powerful form of meditation, that when practiced consistently (recommended 20 minutes/day, twice/day for beginners) can put the human brain in alpha state of consciousness as well as connect a person spiritually to the universe and/or God.
Meditation has limitless benefits. Studies have shown both mental and physical benefits of meditation such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and many more disorders.