2. Meditation can break the cycle of emotional responses associated with illheath or injury -- fear, worry, stress, anger -- which can interfere with recovery. It helps patients relax long enough to let the body begin to repair itself.
3. Regular meditation shapens self-awarenss and bolsters self-control in well people. In depressed people it reduces negative thoughts. It helps manage stress-related disorders, anxiety and phobias.
4. Above all else, the Church exhorts us to the practice of meditation, which raises the mind to the contemplation of heavenly things, which influences the heart with love of God and guides it on the straight path to Him. This meditation on sacred things offers the best means of preparation before and of thanksgiving after the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Meditation also disposes the soul to savor and to comprehend the beauties of the liturgy, and leads us to the contemplation of the eternal verities, and of the marvelous examples and teachings of the Gospel. (Papal Writings, Menti Nostrae, 23 September 1960).
5. Meditation is to find out if there is a field which is not already contaminated by the known (Krishnamurti).
2. Meditation leads to mysticism, which disconnects the mundane from the profound, thereby rendering most of human existence meaningless.