Meditation is like taking a tranquil vacation whenever you want—for free. Those who do it say it leaves them clearheaded, incredibly calm and more self-aware. “Meditation is about actively listening to yourself so that you can get an emotional perspective on your life,” explains Nicholas Pepe, a meditation expert in Los Angeles.
Considering how overextended most of us feel, why aren’t more of us getting our om on? For some, it’s the fear of actually stepping away from busy, noisy surroundings and being silent. We say we have too much going on to stop and just be still. The busier our lives, the more we could benefit from a peaceful pause. Experts at the Mayo Clinic point out that meditation may help conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, allergies, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep problems and even cancer.