Meditation is a natural form of stress management with origins in the Christian, Buddhist, and other  traditions.  Meditation produces beneficial physiological changes in the body as well as calms the mind.  It is especially helpful in times of stress, and can have profound effects on the lives of people who practice it on a regular basis.


During meditation, we sit quietly with our backs straight, and eyes closed.  We quiet our minds either by focusing on our breath, or by non-verbally saying a sacred word.  We let our thoughts and feelings drift away like feathers floating on a stream or brook.  We can also quiet our thoughts by returning to focusing on our breath: long inhalations, and long exhalations.


Meditation sessions usually last about 20 minutes, and begin and end with chimes.  Meditation can be proceeded by a reading from a spiritual text or other appropriate inspirational message.