I asked my friend
from the Heart
Lang, to write an article about meditation.
Diana is an amazing meditation and yoga teacher
and she is the author
of a wonderful book and CD called "Opening
Meditation helps us to enter a place within
ourselves that is sacred and beautiful. It is
a practice which teaches you to trust and come
HOME to your SELF. Diana and I did a fabulous
show on the topic called "Just
In fact, you
can begin right now. Start by taking five, slow,
deep breaths. Ah, that's it. Nice and slow.
I bet that you are feeling better already!
I hope that you enjoy the article.
in Real Life
by Diana Lang
As we continue
to move into the new millennium we
are hearing more and more about meditation.
It's everywhere. Goldie Hawn meditates. Sting
meditates. Oprah is talking about it on her
show. Richard Gere studies with the Dalai Lama.
Our almost-president Al Gore meditates. Even
the Beatles meditated!
In America, more than ten million adults have
a daily meditation practice, and those are just
the ones that participated in the poll. Many
more of us are quietly meditating in our homes
Furthermore, scientific studies are showing,
through tests of yogis and other mystics --
hooking them up to every kind of medical device
you can imagine; measuring blood pressure, heart
rate, skin temperature, neural activity in the
brain, and more -- what has been long been known:
meditation really works. It strengthens the
immune system, lessens the effects of depression,
and lowers blood pressure, just to name a few
benefits. Meditating even improves the way we
Meditation is being used in every kind of setting,
from hospitals to prisons. It is being used
to help alleviate the effects of stress and
chronic pain. Meditation is even being used
to help people through the process of dying.
Schools are using meditation to assist children
with hyperactivity and keep them off drugs.
It is being used worldwide by groups numbering
in the millions to purposefully raise humanity's
consciousness to a new level. Meditation is
sweeping the Western world!
So what is meditation?
Most of us imagine someone sitting cross-legged
on a mountaintop in India. But for most, meditation
doesn't fit this stereotypical image. It is
rather a simple daily practice, done at home
sitting on the couch, or at the office on lunch
break. We do it to keep our balance, to find
our center and to stay present -- even when
things are difficult -- especially when things
Life can be so overwhelming. We can get distracted,
distraught, confused and overwhelmed by the
sheer volume of life. We are bombarded with
information and stimulation. There's so much
to do. We are trying so hard to make money,
raise kids, be a good person; we get over-stimulated,
over-amped and finally overwhelmed.
There's never been a time in history where ADD
(hyperactivity) or all kinds of nervous disorders
and immune system diseases have been more rampant.
We eat too much, we work too hard, we try too
hard. We swing from gung-ho exercise programs
and massive dieting, to total lethargy and apathy.
We are a bi-polar nation. We are desperately
looking for meaning and simplicity. We are looking
for a way to get back to ourselves -- to that
part of us that is sacred -- and it's been right
there all along.
Meditation reconnects us to that simplicity
and meaning. It awakens that part of ourselves
that is always connected. When we meditate we
have the actual experience of inner peace and
a deep inner calm. It's like the feeling after
having returned from a long vacation; you return
rested with a greater sense of well being, but
also a broader perspective of your life, and
for a while we have a whole new outlook. With
a meditation practice, you can have that experience
People by the thousands are turning to meditation
every day, because we're just plain overwhelmed.
We're stressed out and pissed off. We feel powerless,
worried, unworthy, or worse, apathetic. All
of these states are conditions of being disconnected
-- which creates pain. We are in pain because
we are disconnected.
Meditation helps us to reconnect to our higher
knowing. It helps us know what to do and when
to do it. We start to have perfect timing. We
begin to know the love that is all around us
-- all the time. We realize that we are worthy
And the really good news is that it's easy.
It's simple to do and as normal as breathing.
Meditation gives you back your most true and
authentic self. When we meditate we begin to
feel more and more calm and sure and guided
in every moment. It takes you where you are,
you, accepts you, and gently, lovingly and in
perfect timing takes you back to yourself.
Life doesn't have to be hard. Life is a grand
adventure, a kind of school, but not necessarily
of hard knocks. Our inner guidance constantly
is telling us what our next step is. All we
have to do is listen to it.
So don't be surprised if you find out your accountant
meditates or your next door neighbor. Wouldn't
you love to know that the nurse that is caring
for you meditates or your lawyer does? The more
conscious we all are, the better the world will
become. Where there's consciousness there is
compassion -- there is love. Meditation is a
return to love. It is a return to your deepest
inner knowing and that place within yourself
you have always been seeking. Meditation literally
makes your world a better place and this world
a better place.
Meditation will take you home. It creates a
clear path to real peace and happiness. The
place to start is exactly where you are and
the time is now.
Based on the book and CD
TO MEDITATION -- A Gentle, Guided Approach"
by Diana Lang
been a most welcomed
and fabulous guest on
Straight from the Heart.You
can see her on: "Just
for Everyday Use"
Diana is a “teacher's
teacher” of meditation
and yoga and a spiritual
counselor who has taught
meditation to thousands
of people since 1980.
Her new book and CD
was released in November
2004 by New World Library.
She has studied spiritual
teachings from around
the world and is able
to easily explain abstract
ideas in a way that
is immediately applicable
and easy to understand.
She leads ongoing yoga
and meditation classes,
and spiritual workshops
in the Los Angeles area.
For two years, she has
had a two-hour weekly
radio show called "In
Your Dreams", on
KZLA with live dream
Diana lives and teaches
in Los Angeles. Visit
her web site at: www.DianaLang.com.