The point of inner work is to bring the ordinary consciousness of surrender to the mind in everyday life and in all activities.
— Swami Rudrananda

When I was young, we meditated through prayer. I did not get it then, but did feel that being silent for a few minutes had benefits. Today the feeling is mutual. Furthermore, with practice I have discovered that meditation has effects far more useful.

Meditation, in its simplest form, is observation. Observe your thoughts, environment and physiology with curiosity, instead of criticism, and you reap the benefits of a calm body, focused mind and enhanced sense of self. The challenge is in the practice. The mastery is in the depth of that practice.

Acting on my decision to practice daily mediation wasn’t easy at first. Luckily, I had support from teachers who had experienced and learnt from their teachers the mastery of meditation. While I increased my time and depth of practice, my capacity for enjoyment in silence increased. Today, I try not to skip my meditation practice, as I know how good I feel when I finish, sometimes not wanting to leave my still mind.

Recharged + Relaxed

The best emotions I have felt at the same time are recharged and relaxed. Nerves calm, eyes sharp, full of breath and Awake. One can become a power force for good change when they are tapped into every aspect of their being. 

Profound rest can be achieved though enhanced mindfulness and attentiveness to ones thoughts. The dedicated practice of meditation has been proven to strengthen cognitive capacity, decrease stress, and lift ones spirits. There are many ways to meditate, or get into a state of meditation. 

Silence is the perfectest herault of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much.
— The authors writing as Shakespeare