The term meditation refers to a broad range of practices, all of which involve the focusing and enrichment of awareness. Benefits may include deepened peacefulness, greater insight, specific enhancements of mental or physical functioning, and spiritual development.
Meditation is becoming increasingly appreciated, and is now widely recommended in health care settings.
In 2003, Time magazine did a cover story
on meditation's many practical applications. In their words, "Why meditate? Because it works!" It's one of those essential things that, once you do it,
you can't see how you did without it. It's relatively easy to learn and delightful to practice. I very much encourage you to give it a try!
--Spencer Sherman, PhD