A lack of creative joy in our activities often means we are held captive by the movement of our conditioned thinking and imagination, all the while believing that we are perfectly rational and sane. Deep down, we all suspect that something is very wrong with the way we perceive life as if some dreadful fate would overcome us if we were to face the pure light of truth and lay bare our fearful clinging to illusion. The question of being is everything. Nothing could be more important or consequential. To remain unconscious of being is to remain asleep to our own reality and therefore asleep to reality at large. The choice is simple: awaken to being or sleep an endless sleep. How can Meditation change this? Meditation is an initiation into the creative joy of being; awakening to the simplicity of truly being alive – fully alive – to pure consciousness. Besides this amazing initiation that helps us change in such a fundamental way, there are a few interesting benefits you may notice as your focus becomes clearer. Meditation is simply directed concentration, and involves learning to focus your awareness and direct it onto an object: your breath, a mantra or word repeated silently, a memorized inspirational passage, or an image in the mind’s eye. The benefits of meditation are numerous, and include: ‪▪ Helping lower blood pressure ▪ ‪Decreasing heart and respiratory rates ▪ ‪Increasing blood flow ▪ ‪Enhancing immune function ▪ ‪Reducing the perception of pain and relieving chronic pain due to arthritis and other disorders ▪ ‪Maintaining the level mood ▪ ‪Bringing awareness and mindfulness to everyday aspects of life A simple form of meditation that can be practiced by anyone is to walk or sit quietly in a natural setting and allow one’s thoughts and sensations to occur – observing them without judgment. Thank you for your consideration. Spiritual Master, Tony Samara