this I know for sure
There are many different techniques of meditation that are taught both in secular situations, for example in a psychologist’s office to help someone who is very stressed, to the Buddhist meditations or contemplative prayer, that are taught as part of a religious practice. Basically, it all boils down to being able to get the mind to a place of space in which the thoughts are observed and an awareness of the present moment becomes the focus. Practicing meditation can led to a deeper spiritually awareness and a sense of higher consciousness. Just as there are many different techniques, there are many different reasons why someone might decide to practice meditation.
One thing I know for sure is that when I practice meditation, I can feel the difference in my life. I am more focused, more relaxed, at peace with what is. At the moment I feel quite frustrated, I enjoy some aspects of my job but I'm also bored very often and don't have enough challenges. I have the beginnings of a great art/home based business but don't have the time to pursue it because I have to work. I have found that instead of doing what I know works, focusing, being quiet, I try every trick in the book to distract my poor mind, so that I don't have a free minute to sit quietly. Then I get more frustrated - can I scream now?
I know that I have to put things into perspective, allow more time to just be with what is for now. The time will come when things will be less hectic and there will be time to focus on what I really love to do - create and make art. Feet on the floor and breath, Clare - breath.