Why Meditate

Suzanne Toro


Awakin FeatureMeditation is the act of getting quiet and settling the mind. It’s the process of slowing and eventually stopping your thoughts, at which point you can bask in and feel the silence, trusting all that you need exists within you. When you dip into this place of stillness, you begin to touch your soul. It is absolutely one of the most divine and sumptuous ways to feed your inner and outer self.

On a physical level, meditation benefits your body; it acts as both a preventative and a reactive medicine. There are endless studies which show the direct and positive impact that meditation has on the entire human body. On a soul level, meditation impacts your personal existence and changes how you participate in and perceive your life to be. Using this tool on a daily basis will bring you peace and allow you to tap into your internal pot of gold. The infinite potential to transform and heal your life rests within you, and it is through meditation that this potential can be realized. The beauty of practicing meditation is that over time you will begin to experience its “ripple effects.” These ripples take shape in all different areas of your life: on a personal basis you are feeling grounded and centered; on a professional basis – you start to have clarity and opportunities appear; on a mental and physical basis your symptoms, issues begin to shift and healing occurs. On a spiritual basis, you begin to connect with your highest truth. Your life begins to flow. […]

Once you introduce meditation into your life, your soul and your physical, emotional, mental body actually crave the meditation, similar to the way you crave a certain food or activity. Meditation is the act of reconnecting with your internal self, your soul. You might wonder why you need to take time to meditate. Meditation replenishes the body, mind and spirit; it calms the mental turbulence, heals the physical, mental and spiritual body, and reduces stress. You would never deny yourself water or food yet the majority of humanity does not feed their soul; this nourishment is needed on an individual level and on a global level.

Excerpted from Suzanne Toro's book Bare Naked Bliss

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to stillness providing a sumptuous way to feed your soul? Can you share a personal story of a time you felt meditation's 'ripple effects?' What has helped you incorporate a meditation practice into your life?

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    On Feb 14, 2017 Girish Rao wrote:

     Please suggest some mindfulness meditations.

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    On Feb 12, 2017 Cornelia Kausch wrote:

     It gives me peace inside, calmness and a mindful spirit. My whole mind and body are in balance and harmoniously exchanging energy. Its my place for growth and inner stability, of gratefulness and wholehearted acceptance and living in the present

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    On Feb 7, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

     I regularly practice Mindfulness. Meditation I am blessed to reap the benefits of meditation narrated beautifully and clearly in this article.I also teach mindfulness meditation.. I notice the changes taking place in my students who have been regularly practicing meditation. I like the group meditation, meditating in a sangha.

    My personal experience as a meditation, as a teacher, as a therapist and  a  researcher has convinced me that meditation is one of the most effective contemplative practices. I am happy to see the acceptance and incorporation of secular mindfulness meditation in schools, wellness centers, in the corporate world and even in prisons.

    May we be instrumental in offering meditation as a gift from our heart to others! It is by giving we receive!


    Jagdish P Dave

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    On Feb 7, 2017 Chela wrote:

     We recently created an area in the backyard, dedicated to meditation & quiet time. I go to my special place and tell my husband... I am putting myself in time-out <3 I then I allow myself that quiet time in nature. It's a beautiful thing. 

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    On Feb 7, 2017 ashok wrote:

     very nice article. A good reminder. This kind of reminder is very helpful. Just by reading again and practicing again ... a soothing relief to mind and body.... nice... Thanks...

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    On Feb 4, 2017 david doane wrote:

    Stillness grants the opportunity to be in touch with one's soul, which is the real self.  And since my soul is an extension of God, in being in touch with my soul, I am in union with God.  And since God incarnates into all that is, in stillness I am in union with the cosmos.  My saying that is a ripple effect in part of meditation, which is a ripple effect that I carry with me throughout my living and enhances my living.  The experience of being in touch with my soul and beyond, which occurs in meditation, is sumptuous and has persuaded me to incorporate meditation into my life. 

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    On Feb 3, 2017 xiaoshan pan wrote:

    I still remember clearly the summer of 2003 when I started the mediation practice the very first time in my life. The transformation in terms of my bodily and mental health, the shift of my perspective towards almost all things, and my personal and professional life, were enormous, for good and better. However, what one can say about meditation will have little meaning to people except the ones who have experienced these befits themselves. Similarly, one may describe all her can about the taste of an apple to someone who has never tasted one, and the meaning would never truly be delivered. So, all I can say is that what's being said in this article is true to me. Nothing more.

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