Some Benefits of Meditation

The aim of Yoga, of union, is to unite the thinking mind with its source in pure awareness. In modern terms, “pure awareness” means quantum space, the silent, empty void that is the womb of all matter and energy.

Pure awareness exists in the gap between thoughts; it is the unchanging background against which all mental activity takes place. We would not ordinarily suspect that such a state exists because our minds are so preoccupied with the stream of thoughts, wishes, dreams, fantasies, and sensations that fill waking consciousness. That is why the ancient Indian sages had to devise the specific technique of meditation, in order to show the mind its own origins in the quantum depths.

Sitting in meditation with the eyes closed induces the nervous system to enter a state of “restful alertness” – i.e., the mind remains awake while the body goes into a deeply relaxed state.

Sleep is a hypometabolic state in which oxygen consumption decreases, heartbeat slows, and consciousness blanks out. The waking state, on the other hand, is marked by higher oxygen consumption, a faster heartbeat, and an alert mind. These opposites are united in meditation.

While remaining alert enough to feel the experience of pure awareness, people go into a state of rest twice as deep as sleep. Moreover, they do so very quickly, usually within ten minutes after shutting their eyes, compared to the four to six hours it takes us to reach our deepest relaxation in sleep.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago


Roger M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for posting this.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

I love meditating on God's word and what glorious beauty will be like to live in youth and no aging or this dispensation of times drama will be like...Can't hardly wait!!!

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda3 years ago

Good to know so many people on Care2 practice meditation.
I do believe that I would not have survived without it.

Miranda Parkinson

also enjoying Dr Chopra's 21 day meditation challenge!

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Thanking you for helping us help ourselves.

rene davis
rene davis3 years ago

I have one of those guided meditation tapes which seems to work on a deeper level. I notice changes- slower too react, presence of mind etc, when I continually listen to this tape week in week out.

Leena K.
Leena K.3 years ago

Peace of mind is valuable, thanks for this.

Kathy K.
Kathy K.3 years ago


Stella Gamboni
Stella Gamboni3 years ago

According to an article in Wikipedia, the electrical rhythm of the brain in meditation -- alpha waves -- looks pretty similar to EEG readings of Jell-O. Just thought you should know.