Meditation is the art of cultivation and understanding, as exemplified by a sanskrit word for the practice – bhavana, meaning “to cultivate,” or the Tibetan equivelent gom, “to become familiar with.” What we are trying to cultivate in our practice is mindfulness, the ability to perceive different aspects of our reality without attachments, so that we may come in contact with those greater qualities of ourselves that lie deep within us, helping us to understand what we really truly want out of life. Doing so without attachments allows us to do this compassionately, to understand our role in the menagerie of our experiences without the veil of the ego to interfere in our seeing. It was the Buddha who taught that all pain and suffering can be relieved through meditation, and therefore help us find our highest happiness within. In meditation our anxieties and sorrows hold no sway over our thoughts when we allow for true introspection to arise from within our being. This has been my experience with meditation, and I hope that you will find the same peace of mind within you.