Uncle Rush, godfather of hip-hop and hip hop's most famous vegan, has just published a book called Success Through Stillness. The book is about spiritual, mental and physical benefits of meditation:
In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career. Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no "bad" way to meditate, only different forms for different people.
In this highly anticipated new book, Russell Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus, and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body. Simmons breaks down what he's learned from masters of meditation into a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice. source
I have to confess, I am a fairly recent meditation convert. For real: In our fast paced world -- an electronic and cyber speed reality -- calming the internal thought chatter and shutting out the external world for moments of stillness is invaluable.
The spiritual upside of meditating is unlimited. Much of our programing comes from the sub-conscious mind. Meditation serves away of reconnecting to this mind in order to more positively reprogram the mind.
Second, from a strictly physical sense -- especially in a society filled with chronic illnesses, garden variety disorders and junk food cravings -- meditation helps emancipate the mind from slavery to our corrupting desires.
And finally, meditation has no dogma or religion. One can be atheist, agnostic, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindi etc. and still practice mediation within one's personal belief system.
In an interview about his book Russell states (to paraphrase) he wanted to demystified meditation and re-introduce this practice in an easy to understand and read book.