The world as we know it has changed dramatically within the past several decades, never mind the last century. Technology has literally shrunk our world to a virtual one, where people and places are a few clicks of the keyboard, or a voice command, away. Most of us have embraced that technology to a point at which we are connected to each other electronically 24/7, even to those who revolve in orbit around our planet, Earth, in the International Space Station. But, there is another, very ancient, way in which we are all very much connected, and have been since the first humans appeared on the Earth - our inner spiritual connection to the source. Whether we believe it or not, that inner connection is a part of who we were before we were born, and continues to be a part of us throughout our lives, although most of us lose that awareness as we age. Haven’t you ever wondered why certain people that you meet for the first time look familiar, yet you both know you’re never previously met? Or you feel instantly comfortable with some people, but not so with others, but can’t really explain why? There seems to be no good answer for that, unless we look beyond our external connections, whether physical or electronic, and turn our search inwards.
The practice of silent meditation has been a part of human existence for hundreds and possibly thousands of years. It is only recently, at least in the United States, that the practice of silent meditation itself has been found to be a more natural and viable way to assist in stress reduction and to reduce high blood pressure and several other conditions. Brain scans that were run on meditators by certified medical technicians during meditation have shown that we can actually assist in our own healing, while a positive side effect can be a reduction in pain and a boost in quality of life in some cases. Many people reported feeling “closer” to those around them as a result, while some people who regularly interacted with the people who meditated on a regular basis reported feeling much calmer when they were around them. To some of us, this type of inner exploration may sound a bit “out there”, but people in all parts of the world have been using this method for centuries. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if we all discovered that meditation was the key to open the figurative door which held the answers we’ve all been looking for all our lives? And all we have to do is sit quietly and meditate!