In my earlier post on The Art of Listening I wrote about how meditation was one of the tools that helps sharpen listening skills. But the benefits of meditation are countless, from helping boost your immune system to fighting off depression and reducing stress and anxiety.
Why meditate? It will bring you peace of heart, joy and an openness of heart -- basics to a happy life. In other cultures, like the Highlands of Tibet, people weave meditation into everything they do, from making tea to tending their gardens there is a tranquil way in which everyday life unfolds. And before you start listing the many ways that we in the industrialized world cannot do that, i.e. slow it down a bit, you might want to check out this fantastic piece from Psychology Today.
If you've been thinking about meditation but didn't know how to start, the Chopra Center's FREE Summer 21-day meditation challenge which starts next week is a great way to begin.