It's not for everyone, although it should be, and it could lead you to a very peaceful lifestyle.
When I say the word "meditation," it may conjure up images of gurus from India, monks from mountains of Tibet, or maybe even the animated movie Kung Fu Panda!
But, how about an employee from a hardware store, a small business owner, a mother of two small children, a 10-year-old girl, a husband, a Jesuit priest and me.
We live in a western world that promotes busyness, productivity and winning. One of the reasons people get addicted to golf is not only because of the challenge, but because it also places you in an environment that slows you down.
We need to slow down. You may need to slow down. On the journey to become a better person, a better life partner, and a person who lives life with a peace and inner strength beyond comprehension, we need to go through the process of slowing down: stripping away fear, tension, blaring TVs, and a life full of motion and commotion.
It's not that we can't live busy lives, especially raising children, but meditation, the art of just "being," will bring you peace and inner strength through it all, that you never thought possible.
It begins with taking time aside in the "quiet," possibly with some soothing music. I remember when our children were young, I had to get up at 5:30 a.m. to get quiet time. Your situation may be different. Start by spending time just sitting in the quiet with your eyes closed and over time become aware of your surrounding, your senses and how your clothes feel against your skin.
Over a period of time, and with a little research on how to meditate, you will find an inner peace, an inner joy and an inner strength you may have never experienced before.
One lady said that she used to be the "nagging and grumpy" wife, always harping about something and picking fights with her husband, but after a year of meditating for a while almost every day, she discovered a total change in her outlook on life and others.
She stopped being a person who blamed others and became a person who loved to have fun, started enjoying her life, and gave back to others and the world she lived in. Plus, she's a much better partner to her husband.
If you're a person of faith, you'll discover how much closer you become to God as you use meditation in your prayer life. I would like to recommend a good guidance book called Sadhana by Anthony De Mello, a Jesuit priest. In the book, he is essentially leading a group of people into the process of meditating and coming to the quiet.
You can follow along with the group as you read by yourself or with others. I, personally, have found that life seems to "come to me" rather than me chasing after it.
Give it a try. Who doesn't want more peace in their life?