>Why should You Learn to Meditate?

>There is much research on the benefits of meditation, but did you know that on  advanced studies done related to Transcendental Meditation found that the meditators experienced an increased sense of intelligence ( by psychological testing), and learning ability ( recall-testing); better performance (increased grade-point average) in school; faster reaction time, increased productivity at work and improved overall job performance. Even improved job satisfaction!
TM helps with the reduction of stress, that is why it helps with overall job performance. So if you are having trouble liking your current job, try TM before you spend months or even years trying to find a better one!
TM also helps people to reduce blood pressure, insomnia, and slows the heart rate.

Remember that learning meditation is a process, it takes time to build this skill. It is better done early in the morning for clarity and energy for the day. If you need to do it later in the day, it is better to wait for 3-4 hours after meals. Therefore, try it before dinner or in the evening before you go to sleep. You can sit on the floor. Sitting on a pillow, or in a chair. It is better to not lie down, keeping this position for sleep and rest.
Meditation has 2 primary paths. One is on focusing or contemplative where you breath, relax and focus on your breath, a sound or a word. ( mantra)
The other is a floating form where you sit and breathe and just observe what is going on without try to manipulate it at all. ( mindfulness meditation)

Taken in part from: Haas, E. (2003) Staying Healthy With the Seasons.  San Rafael, CA.Celestial Arts.