Meditating is observing and acknowledging whatever happens - pleasant or unpleasant - in a relaxed way. The goal of meditation is not to empty the mind, but to observe the present moment without judgement. When this is practiced, we are able to have insight into how our minds actually work. This insight helps to reduce attachment and reactivity, cultivate inner joy, and experience relaxation more deeply.
Meditation, in all of its many variations, is widely recognized as a tool to master the mind and cope with stress. Science is increasingly validating these claims, especially for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD. Since stress can manifest in many different physical forms, like lowering our immune system and raising our blood pressure, the practice of meditation has a direct link to our physical well-being. Studies show it can help people manage chronic pain, reduce depression and quell anxiety.