Carmen Vaughan: Hi, I am Carmen Vaughan and I am a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in McLean Virginia. I am here today to show you how to meditate in as clear and straight forward way. After watching this video presentation you should have everything you need to get started meditating quickly and easily. The information I am going to be sharing with you is universal. It's drawn from many sources including some of the world great spiritual teachings. It doesnt however represent any one tradition, it is rather a distillation of the methods that are common to all forms of meditation. I have been meditating for 20 years and teaching my clients to meditate as well. Anyone can learn how to meditate. The technique is simple, it is safe and no special equipment is required. So in the next series of clips I will be showing you how to meditate? But before I do that I will be explaining what meditation is? I will talk a little about the benefits of meditation and I will spend a little time addressing some common concerns that most people have about meditation. So let's move on to discussing why you should want to meditate in the first place.