Close your eyes, take a moment and try it.
If you feel any more peaceful than a minute ago, you know what is meditation.
When you sit and observe yourself, you are in a state of non-struggling. You are content with just observing, not needing to change anything. Non-struggling means peace. It's that simple.
Because when this minute of peace is over, the mind is quick to fall back into its old patterns of worrying about the future and the past. That's why we do longer meditations, and also remind ourselves during the day, whatever we're doing, to do it with a mind of awareness and peace.
What's the link with Buddha and why do we see him everywhere? The one we call Buddha was just a man, who found the key to real happiness through simple awareness, through meditation. He then devoted his life to helping others and brought genuine happiness to so many people that he became one of the greatest meditation teachers in history.
His words were simple, his method was simple, accessible to everyone from every religion and scope of life. He didn't want his teachings to become a religion but to remain a science - the science of happiness.
As a token of my gratitude towards the teachings and a small contribution to the happiness of the world, I have recorded, and included here, the instructions for the meditation he called Vipassana, that you can do whenever and wherever it suits you. It's a simple 20 minute session with 5 minutes of silence at the end. If you want to try it, just find a quiet place, make sure your device is on silent mode, sit down and follow the instructions from the recording.
Vipassana - The Art of Awarenessor download it by clicking here
Metta Meditation - The Art of Loving Kindnessor download it by clicking here