In 2014, one in three Australians will suffer from stress, one in four Australians will have a mental disorder and one in five Australians will be on stress-related medication. Almost half of the nation's children will suffer from depression, anxiety and or other stress-related mental illnesses. These statistics represent an alarming global trend of epidemic proportions.
Stress is a part of human life, but the high levels of stress, stress-related mental illness and lifestyle disease that we are seeing today are abnormal by historical standards.
It wasn't too long ago that simple things like brushing our teeth and basic personal hygiene were not part of our daily lives. It's difficult to imagine these not being widely adopted habits. It wasn't until evidence-based reasoning enabled us to understand that the absence of these good habits were causing profound health issues. When a critical mass adopted these simple daily habits we witnessed a quantum leap in health around the world.
Today we stand at the precipice of an opportunity to take yet another quantum leap into a realm of greater mental health and wellbeing. This will again profoundly change the quality of our lives.
There is a large body of scientific evidence that demonstrates how meditation reduces the negative impact of stress and promotes a wide range of benefits for better health and wellbeing.
A daily practice of meditation enables us to recover from the negative impact of stress. It helps establish deeper and more meaningful connections to ourselves and others, giving rise to a more fulfilling life.