Beyond the substantial benefits meditation creates for the mind-body physiology, the greatest gift of meditation is the sense of calm and inner peace it brings into your daily life. When you meditate, you go beyond the mind’s noisy chatter into an entirely different place: the silence of a mind that is not imprisoned by the past or the future. This is important because silence is the birthplace of happiness. It's also where we get our bursts of inspiration, our tender feelings of compassion and empathy, and our sense of love.
The sense of love that comes forward in silence is delicate, and the chaotic roar of the internal dialogue easily drowns them out. But when you discover the silence in your mind, you no longer have to pay undue attention to all the random images that trigger worry, anger, and pain. When you meditate on a regular basis, all of your thoughts, actions, and reactions are infused with a little more love and mindful attention. The result is a deeper appreciation and a profound awareness of the divine quality of existence.
To learn more about how to start a meditation practice, join us for Weekend Within, our three-day weekend perfect for anyone interested in beginning their personal exploration of meditation.
Your guide for this visualization is Dr. Tim Brieske, one of the staff physicians of the Chopra Center’s Mind-Body Medical Group. Dr. Brieske teaches regularly at the Perfect Health Ayurvedic immersion program and Healing the Heart emotional freedom workshop at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad.