Meditation is a natural process of withdrawing attention from external conditions and directing it inward to a chosen focus of concentration.

The beneficial side-benefits of regular meditation practice have been widely reported in a variety of secular news magazines and newspapers. These can include

  • stress reduction
  • strengthening of the body’s immune system
  • better organized thought processes
  • improved powers of concentration
  • enhanced powers of memory
  • refinement and enlivening of the nervous system
  • awakening of regenerative energies
  • slowing of biologic aging processes
  • development of the capacities of the brain to process perceptions and states of consciousness
  • orderly functioning of the body’s organs, glands, and systems.

For these reasons, regular meditation practice is now increasingly recommended by many physicians and other health practitioners.

While the side-benefits can be welcomed and enjoyed, the primary purpose of meditation practice is to elicit clear states of consciousness and to facilitate progressive, authentic spiritual growth.