All over America, people are learning about the mental and physical health benefits of meditation and taking on practices of their own in order to strengthen their mind-body-spirit bond.

According to a 2007 U.S. Census Bureau Survey, about 10 percent of adults in the U.S. practice some form of meditation, an increase from eight percent in 2002.

Several clinical trials and personal testimonials support theories that meditation – the art of focusing on one’s inner being at the present time – has the ability to help individuals focus, heal, strengthen, gain empathy and improve their brain potential. It is believed that by helping people hone in on the present and stop worrying about future negativity, meditation can help relieve stress and anxiety, thereby eliminating a host of stress-related conditions.

Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee has developed a meditation technique known as Brain Education. With this method, individuals sensitize their awareness, versatilize and become more flexible, refresh their senses, integrate positivity and finally, master their brains. By gaining control over their minds, people are better able to live a fulfilled life and eliminate negativity and hate from their brains.