What is meditation?
The way I understand and explain meditation to my students is: Meditation is a state of mind in between the thoughts, a state of stillness creating thoughtlessness. A state when the brain does not produce any thoughts, BUT that is where the challenge lies because it is brain's job to generate thoughts, 'to think' :)
How does thoughtless state or being still benefit us?
We humans are unique expressions of this universe. The Universe/God/Higher Power designed us perfectly. Just think about it! You don't need to supervise your heart to beat, your cardiovascular system knows what to do. Your body will digest, your lungs will breathe, your immune system will recognize and protect you, and so on...
However, as soon as we start thinking, judging, or comparing - that's when we block life from flowing through us. The majority of us start thinking negatively as soon as we wake up in the morning. We go to the bathroom, look in the mirror and think - "Ugh! I'm not pretty enough", "I wish my skin looked better", "I don't like my hair", 'I have to go to stupid work"... With every thought or judgement, we create mini emotional traumas that block the perfectly designed and functioning systems within our bodies.
Meditation is Simple
Thus, when we meditate and try to achieve a thoughtless state even just for 1 - 2 minutes, we allow universal intelligence to flow through us and govern all of our systems to function at the optimal and harmonious way God intended. When all of the systems function at an optimal level, balance in the body and mind is achieved.
Balance = Health/ Wellness.
When "i" is replaced by "we", even "illness" becomes "wellness" - someone wise.
With consistency and a curious mind, your meditative practice will improve. You will learn how to observe thoughts, how to detach from negative ones, and how to multiply and enjoy the positive ones.
You will feel GOOD! Think CLEAR! Be HAPPY and CONTENT!