Meditation can compensate or substitute for the tranquility you would experience in a natural setting (like being in the woods, in the mountains, or on a deserted beach). The sounds and appearance of natural settings are soothing and comfortable. A natural environment is, of course, the environment we have evolved to live in.
Change a human
being's environment to buildings and cars and strangers and time
pressure and polyester and lots of extra mental and emotional
stimulation from music and television, and your body is out of its
element. And it reacts by feeling stressed. Cortisol and adrenaline
start flowing. And they keep flowing without a break.
a natural setting, it would not be all peace and harmony, of course.
There would be times of great danger, of fear and anger. But those
moments would be brief. And in between, the body would have the
opportunity to settle down again and rejuvenate.
what meditation provides for a city-dweller. Meditation is a way to
compensate for the unnatural setting we live in. And it works.
you don't get enough moments of calm, you suffer. Stress has a thousand
ways of showing up. And each one of those ways can be seen as a symptom
of a "calmness deficiency." Like a vitamin C deficiency, the body can
cope for awhile, but then the deficiency starts to show its negative
If you can't take plenty of walks in the woods,
or if you don't live near a quiet desert, or if you don't live out in
the wilderness, you can compensate for your unnatural situation (and
fulfill your need for a feeling of calmness) with meditation.
A lot of research has been done on the stress-reducing effect of meditation. Read more about that here.
The results of the experiments show plainly that the symptoms of stress
were caused by an insufficient number of moments of calmness and peace.
You don't have to be peaceful all the time to satisfy your need for calm. You just need enough of it. Daily meditation can provide that for you.
Learn how to meditate here: The Physical and Psychological Benefits of Mantra Meditation.
Adam Khan is the author of Slotralogy and co-author with Klassy Evans of What Difference Does It Make?: How the Sexes Differ and What You Can Do About It. Follow his podcast, The Adam Bomb.