where all things are transformed and made new."
Gloria D. Karpinski
BAREFOOT ON HOLY GROUND
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it...unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." --Buddha
Meditation can be an important element in a balanced, healthy life. Studies have found that meditation can lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune system. So taking time to meditate can be positive for both body and spirit. For many people, though, finding time to practice can be a challenge.
Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh suggests the following simple meditation which takes only a few minutes. In this practice, breath connects you to your body. A smile affirms your intent to live with joy, peace and awareness.
Begin my sitting comfortably with your spine as straight as possible. Take several deep breaths and repeat the following until you feel centered:
I calm my body.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment."