Our minds tend to think the same thoughts over and over again - and experts say that a great percentage of those thoughts are negative, which act like an irritant to our brain, nervous system and emotions. They are like weeds in a garden. Meditation is a 'Pause' in our lives - it gives us an opportunity to sit quietly and observe our thoughts rather than be in them. Once we observe our thoughts, we can notice the patterns, and identify which weeds we want to pull and what beautiful flowers or delicious vegetables we would like to plant instead. Over time, our minds become calmer, and then often our outer lives begin to reflect that calm as well.