Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice, which in contemporary society is taught as a mind-body technique for relaxation and quieting the mind. Learning to meditate is a personal journey. Achieving a successful state of meditation takes practice and perseverance. There is no right and no wrong way to do it – and different methods work for different people. It is purely trial and error. I believe that in learning to meditate, one is not discovering a new skill, but remembering a natural state of mind that is always there and always has been. The English word meditation comes from the Latin meditatio, which “originally indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise, then later evolved into the more specific meaning ‘contemplation.’” The earliest record of meditation techniques is found in Hindu scriptures written 5,000 years ago. With the advent of Buddha, meditation began to spread across the entire Asian continent. Each culture adapted meditation into their own religious and spiritual practices, resulting in wide variations in styles and traditions. The Sufis of Islam believe that the practice of meditation in their religion began with Mohammed. Thousands of years after meditation was widespread in Asia, it became known in the Western world. Meditative practices, in one form or another, appear in almost all of the world's religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Jainism and Aboriginal religions. In the 1960's meditation became popular in North America and has continued to gain momentum ever since. In the late 1960's/early 1970's scientists began exploring the physical and mental benefits of meditation. The first articles on the health benefits of meditation appeared in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology in 1970. As a result, meditation became the first widely accepted form of alternative (or holistic) medicine in the West, and is now used routinely to promote healing, health and well-being. As we all know -- healing through meditation also encompasses past life recall.