We’ll explore the science backing the effectiveness of meditation for everyday living and health. Empirically supported benefits include stress reduction, improvements in memory, reduced rumination, reduced chronic pain, improved sleep, better relationships, decreased blood pressure, and less emotional reactivity. Our minds are like thinking machines that constantly churn out judgments and evaluations of everything we encounter. Meditation can show you the way out of this slurry of thoughts. Types of meditation contain overlapping strategies. Rather than choosing a single type of meditation, we explore various techniques such as: Body scan meditation, Mindfulness, Breathing Meditation, Walking Meditation and Mantras and affirmations. We’ll also discuss a variety of meditation myths. You are welcome to participate in a variety of meditation experiences or quietly observe.