The Sound of Silence… Meditation


There’s a great way to regain your sense of balance and calm that’s been popular for more than 3,000 years: meditation—and finding stillness during these stressful, ever-changing times. Various schools of thought teach different styles. They all lead to one essential goal: to still the mind so the body can follow. For the best results, meditate once or twice a day for a short period of time.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced Eastern meditation to the West during the 1960s via Transcendental Meditation or TM. During TM, meditators use a Sanskrit intonation, or mantra, silently for 20 minutes twice a day while they sit still, close their eyes, and let their minds wander. Every so often they think of the mantra to focus thoughts and say that it feels like a fully conscious, revitalizing nap. Mindfulness meditation is similar, centering on breath instead of a mantra.

Another method uses three different words to transport you into a meditative state. Choose three comforting words, count down “three, two, one” while thinking of the words one at a time and relaxing with eyes shut and mind open wide. Bring your thoughts back to these words every so often. Never force anything; just let streams of thoughts flow gently by. You can practice this for at least five minutes a day to achieve positive results.

Meditation probably began with the Hindus around 1,500 B.C. Fast forward to 2019. Today, advances in modern technology enable companies, such as Headspace (, to offer apps for meditation plus a ton of information to get you started. Try it and begin the New Year with a sense of calm. You deserve it!

by Lori Berezin