It had been a long, stressful day.  Responsibilities at work were at a record high.  Driving home was a challenge, due to heavy traffic.  The lines at the grocery store were at least 6 people deep.  I had not had a good night’s sleep in several days.  The tension in both my neck and lower back were at a record high, and my head was pounding with a headache that wanted me to simply find a dark and quiet corner, somewhere.   Yet, I had responsibilities at home I could not ignore.  I needed some sort of deliverance or miracle to make it through the next few hours.

I imagine you have had days like that, as well.  Days where it seemed the weight of the world was crushing you down.  Days where you felt that everything was against you.  Days when you felt you just didn’t have the strength to go on.  What is a person to do?

For some, meditation is the answer to deliverance from stressful times, and for finding peace.     Meditation is something personal for each person, and there are several ways one can practice meditating.  However one does it, the health benefits for meditation are numerous.  To begin with, the practice of meditation leads to a decrease in unnecessary stress in one’s life.  While meditating does not take away all stress, it does help in transforming the amount of stress into lower levels.  Without a doubt, high levels of stress can be both unhealthy and damaging.

Along with a decrease in stress levels, daily meditation also helps to reduce high blood pressure.  Furthermore, meditating also helps to manage pain levels and reducing perceived pain levels. Studies also show that meditating aids in a body’s ability to heal with quicker recovery times in some situations.  Other studies indicate that meditating improves the quality of sleep.  It should come as no surprise that the practice of meditation also changes the brain in positive manner.

After finishing some of the more pressing household chores, and getting the children to bed, I found a quiet spot in the house. Slowing my breathing down, I felt the stress of the day begin to melt away; the pain in my neck and lower back beginning to decrease.  I was in better shape to meet the new challenges that were sure to await me.

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About Dr. John DeGarmo

Dr. DeGarmo has a B.A. in History, a Masters in Media Technology, a Masters in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Walden University. Dr. DeGarmo wrote his dissertation on Responding to the Needs of Foster Children Face While in Rural Schools.  He is the author of several books, including the highly inspirational book Fostering Love: One Foster Parent's Journey,  and the foster care children's book A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story. He is the host of the weekly radio show Foster Talk with Dr. John. Dr. DeGarmo is a dynamic speaker and informative trainer on the foster care system, and travels extensively, meeting with foster parents, child welfare workers, churches, schools, and organizations.  He writes regularly for many magazines, and is a regular contributor to several publications and newsletters, both in the United States and in Europe. Dr. DeGarmo is married to Dr. Kelly DeGarmo, who hails from Australia, and the two of them have six children, both biological and adoptive.  Dr. DeGarmo and his wife are also currently foster parents to five siblings, bringing their household to eleven children.  Dr. DeGarmo has been a foster parent for dozens of children for over a decade now.  He has a passion for foster children, and is driven to bring education and insight into general society about all things foster care. You may contact him at, on Facebook at Dr. John DeGarmo, Twitter @drjohndegarmo, or at his website,