Meditation is beneficial on many levels, and is an underused resource for serenity in a world that badly needs help finding peace. Meditation is the process of silencing the mind and acknowledging the whole of life without the rampant flow of thoughts. The typical practice of meditation is accompanied by a quiet, serene environment, a seated position and sometimes light music or incense. For a certain amount of time, the person meditating will focus on silencing their thoughts and receiving the world around them in a purely intuitive way. Meditation is both a sensory and a mental process, and has been found to possess an incredible amount of healing.
Many people use meditation as a tool for soothing negative states of mind, such as stress, confusion and racing thoughts. There have been many psychological studies that would indicate that people have a tendency of taking on too much. The burdens we carry often result in stressful emotions and thoughts, and the heavier they become, the more difficult it is to turn them off. When we allow our negative thinking to run rampant, it can have detrimental effects on our lives. Because the primary goal of meditation is to silence the flow of thoughts, it has been found to be incredibly stress-reducing when practiced regularly. Knowing how to end negative thought patterns and replace them with stillness of the mind is more than meditation; it is a life skill.
For individuals who struggle with a mental disorder, mental illness or addiction, meditation can literally be life saving. Practicing it regularly can be difficult to start as people with these mental hardships are prone to more extreme negative thought patterns. However, with a certain degree of hard work and determination, meditation can become a regular part of life for a person with mental hardships. Those recovering from addiction and disorder will find that meditation and treatment for their condition will go hand-in-hand, often influencing one another.