THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION IN TODAYS MODERN WORLD
Today more than ever, people all over the world and from all walks of life are taking up the practice of meditation and stress is the number one reason they are doing so.
Stress and tension are a major epidemic in today’s society. We are immersed in technology, immersed in information; we are juggling enormous pressures of work, finances, family life, health issues and relationships issues and we are struggling to find a balance between them all. Added to this are our personal pressures we subject ourselves to like the ambitions and standards we set for ourselves, all the doubts and fears and insecurities of our everyday lives which often leads to an increase of stress and anxiety and almost always are the underlying cause of many serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, cancer, stomach ulcers to name but a few. We have invested an exorbitant amount of time, money and energy into technology at the expense of attending to our abilities to attune to ourselves, other people, and the planet and to discover and reflect on our true nature - our values, virtues, and purpose in life.1
Stress is popularly accepted as the most common promoter of disease and discomfort in the Western world. It is blamed for the escalating incidence of cardiovascular disease; gastro-oesophageal disorders such as stomach ulcers, indigestion, reflux, vomiting etc. and encourages almost every ailment from migraine to cancer. It reduces resistance to disease by its impact on the immune system and it contributes to the rampant insanity and social disorders that confront us every day of our lives. Overall it has encouraged more serious illness and suffering than any other known condition.1;2
Having said all that about stress, it’s not all bad. There is good stress and bad stress but the difference between the two depends on how we respond to it. Positive stress can bring out the best in us whereas negative stress can...