ABSTRACT

Research on meditation supports its power to reduce stress and blood pressure, increase self-esteem and mental alertness (see Carrington, 1986). Better sleep, less reactivity in relationship, and the effective management of chronic pain are all enhanced by this simple mental practice. The individual who meditates regularly gradually enjoys a subtle experiential shift in the way self is identified. Reactivity evaporates into observation, thinking into knowing. The struggle of approaching pleasure and avoiding pain evolves into a gentle holding of life-in-the-moment.