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Meditation as a “quiet revolution” is an oxymoron, of course. Meditation is generally a private, quiet practice for the individual. Its acceptance has changed dramatically over the last several years, although it is still not universally accepted. As with most revolutions, often an underground is established before, during, and after the outward manifestations of the revolution. In the North American culture (which is the culture I know), more and more individuals are speaking and writing about their meditation practice.So don't give up. Keep on meditating and revolutionize your life!
No matter where, individuals must make a choice to meditate and practice it regularly in order to benefit fully. Full benefits come with regular practice over a period of time. Meditating only when stressed may certainly be beneficial in the immediate situation, but the long-term benefits include well-being, health, a stronger immune system, longevity, clarity of thought, balance. Regardless of the chosen method, the benefits of regular meditation, over time, are as varied as the individuals who meditate. It is quite common for long-time meditators to acknowledge they benefit physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.