“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
~ T.S. Eliot
When I think of meditation T.S. Eliot (Thomas Sterns Eliot) is not the first name that comes to mind, so I was pleasantly surprised to come across this beautiful quote from T. S. Eliot. He captures the essence of meditation in one phrase, " …be still and wait without hope…" Lovely! There is an art to being still, to waiting. I am told this can be a challenge at times for even the most accomplished of meditators. According to Free Meditation : "In reality, meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. It is not an act of doing - it is a state of awareness." When we are meditating we are attempting to stop distractions and clear our "monkey mind" of chatter. Our mind becomes lucid and very clear.
There are many benefits of meditation. Mind & Life Institute reports, "Well, the research to date has shown many benefits of meditation, from enhancing attention and increasing test scores, to reducing stress and boosting immune function. " You may recognize the name Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. He is the founder of the center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at UMASS Medical School. He is also a scholar, an author and a world renowned proponent of Mindfulness Based Meditation. For more in depth infomation and research about the benefits of meditation visit the Center for Mindfulness.