So what is meditation?
What is the truth about it?
Does it really work? Can I benefit from it?
Meditation can be whatever we want it to be, but when it becomes part of our life style, a way of being, it can be the ultimate tool for self empowerment, God conscious living and ultimate freedom.
There are as many approaches to the ancient practice as there are people on earth. So what is the right thing to believe about a practice? One of the teachers that influenced me most said it beautifully:
"It's better not to think from the perspective of, what is the right thing to believe about meditation, God or the Universe... but rather, what is it that I can understand about the simple practice of going within?"
One thing is certain; the practice of going within is more than any one person’s concept of what it is, or should be.
The more skills we have that help us to go within, the more we
are likely to benefit from any practice, and the less likely we will be blocked by a rigid idea of what our practice should be
The guides at the school embrace this open minded and all inclusive approach.
Research and Media
Practicing going within has become mainstream and is accepted as a way to relax,
deal with stress, calm the mind, heal the body,mind and soul, and
furthers ones spiritual connection.
Some scientists believe that in a generation's time, we will see
meditation as being as essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle as
diet and exercise.
Thanks to all the research done today and all the literature and accounts available from many meditation experts, we know now how to
teach the art of going within in a way that anyone can benefit.
There is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence that the benefits of meditative practices are indeed valid. New research has shown that a practice can physically change the brain. One can rewire the way the brain fires and several studies suggest that these changes through meditation can make
you happier, less stressed and even nicer to other people. It can help
you control your eating habits and even reduce chronic pain, all the
while without taking prescription medication.
The good news is that physicians have increasingly started prescribing the practice instead of
pills to benefit their patients. A Harvard Medical School report
released in May 2014 found that more than 6 million Americans had been
recommended to start practicing by conventional
health care providers.
Research also showed that when people practice going within they were much nicer and pleasant to be with. Chuck Raison, a professor at
Emory University, conducted a study in which he hooked up
microphones to participants who had been taught a basic practice and
those who hadn't. He then recorded them at random over a period of time.
Raison found that these newly-trained meditators used less harsh
language than people who had no meditation experience.
"They were more empathic with people," Raison said. "They were spending
more time with other people. They laugh more, you know, all those
things. They didn't use the word 'I' as much. They use the word 'we'
The Dalai Lama accredits most of his ability to be balanced and equiposed to his own practice and also spoke that it is not the silver bullet cure-all for every ailment or emotion.
The Dalai Lama also said that going within takes patience.