Why meditate? Benefits touted by AMS are many, including better rest, a sharper mind and less stress.

Meditation, according to the American Meditation Society, is “a simple and effortless process where you connect with the silence and peace within yourself.”

Why meditate? Benefits touted by AMS are many, including better rest, a sharper mind and less stress.

AMS declares anyone can meditate. The site offers classes and retreats to learn how; most towns and cities do as well. Some yoga instructors teach meditation during classes.

The Spiritual Arts Institute, a nonprofit educational outlet in Encinitas, California, in April expressed that meditation is “receiving,” while prayer is “petitioning” God.  
AMS describes two main principles of the practice.

1. Attention, mind and thoughts are directed purposely inward instead of outward toward distractions and activities.
2. A deeper connection is achieved with self to obtain “a place of steadiness and inner peace.”

Healthline.com last year shared “12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation.” It points to two types of meditation as “focused attention” and “open monitoring.” The former “concentrates attention on a single object, thought, sound or visualization” and may also “focus on breathing, a mantra or a calming sound.” The latter is about “becoming aware of thoughts, feelings or impulses that you might normally try to suppress.”
Healthline.com’s list of meditation benefits contains the aforementioned as well as:
- Anxiety control
- Better emotional health
- Possible reduction of age-related memory loss
- Increased compassion
- Addiction help
- Pain control
- Lowered blood pressure

Healthline also points out that meditation can occur anywhere in any position: sitting, standing or lying down. No specialized equipment or space is necessary. While it might be easier for an at-home worker to take a few minutes each day to meditate, employees in busy offices may also be able to steal away to a parked car or quiet hallway for a few moments daily.

There are even meditation apps with such titles as The Mindfulness App, Headspace, Calm, Mindbody and Smiling Mind. Some are free, while most others are free on a trial basis. Generally, these apps offer guided meditation practices. Some have breathing exercises or soothing sounds.