“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
When I first met Rebecca five years ago at my last company where we worked, there was an almost instantaneous connection. I knew right off the bat that she was capable, smart, dependable, and most of all - kind. Within a couple weeks, I was comfortable enough sit down with her and engage in deep conversation in a matter of minutes. Our topics covered almost everything: women's rights, personal relationships, social responsibility, dark chocolate... it's not every day I find someone I connect with on such a meaningful level.
Meditation may have deep roots in Buddhism, but the practice itself is not exotic nor spiritually based. Western research has shown that meditation can be quite effective in treating chronic pain and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. See the links to Kaiser, Psychology Today, and New York Times for more information.