In February 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This much-publicized event was instrumental in introducing meditation to the western world. The approximately 7 weeks spent in India was the most productive in the Beatles’ tenure. John Lennon said, “We wrote about thirty new songs between us. Paul must have done about a dozen. George says he’s got six, and I wrote fifteen”.
It would be hard to argue that the environment had little to do with the Beatles’ productivity. Getting away from the clamor of normal life can open avenues of creativity and productivity in each of us.
A QUIET PLACE
Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. He records the sounds of nature all over the world. In a recent interview with Krista Tippett on her radio program, “On Being”, he warns that silence is becoming a rare commodity. It wasn’t long ago that keeping earth’s waters clean was not all that important, and being able to see the stars was not something that should concern us. Today, when those things are nearly gone, we see the importance of them. Now we are in danger of losing silence.
Silence is not the absence of sound, but rather the absence of noise. A forest can be silent even with the chirping of birds and the rustling of leaves, but noise is something different. We are awash in noise everyday. From cars on the highway, to the beeping of a smart phone, noise is a part of our lives. When we are surrounded by noise our minds are being pulled in many directions. Noise makes it difficult to concentrate, to control our thoughts, or to simply rest our minds in meditation.
Meditation is an important part of our physical, emotional and spiritual health. The Lord has counseled us to not run faster than we have strength. When we are bombarded by noise, our minds are running faster than they have strength. When we turn off the noise and rest our minds in meditation, we are able to “let the solemnities of eternity rest upon [our] minds.” (Doctrine and Covenants 43:34) Meditation clears our minds and welcomes insight and inspiration.
MEDITATION AND YOUR HEALTH
In a recent report, the Mayo Clinic listed the emotional and Physical benefits of meditation
The emotional benefits of meditation include:
Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
Building skills to manage your stress
Focusing on the present
Reducing negative emotions
Some research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as:
High blood pressure
THE POWER OF MEDITATION
David O. McKay spoke many times about the power and benefits of mediation. He taught:
“We pay too little attention to the value of meditation, a principle of devotion. In our worship there are two elements: One is spiritual communion arising from our own meditation; the other, instruction from others.  Of the two, the more profitable introspectively is the meditation. Meditation is the language of the soul.  Meditation is a form of prayer.”
If we will take time out everyday to turn off the noise, meditate and listen to the silence, we will hear a lot worth hearing.
“Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress” (Source – Mayo Clinic)