Stress is just a fact of life for the majority of us living in the 21st Century. The mere thought of next week's presentation, the mother in law coming to stay, the kids Nativity play costumes to be made all have the tendency to send our stress levels soaring. Which means the sources of stress are literally everywhere!
Meditation is not a religion. Nor is it a tradition involving levitation while sitting cross-legged on the floor pretending to be an all-knowing master of the universe. Meditation, sometimes disguised as boredom, slows our breath, lowers our heart rate, relaxes our mind and provides space for self-exploration while restoring our natural energy.
When you start to observe how the mind works, you will laugh at the impossibility of clearing your mind of thoughts. It just isn't going to happen! Having thoughts is part of being human. Some researchers say that we have around 50,000 thoughts a day (National Science Foundation) and that around 95 per cent of these thoughts are the same as you had the day before.