It's not just anger management and lower cholesterol. A daily dose of meditation is a route to spiritual joy and mental health.

This article titled “Meditation: don't leave home without it” was written by Shirley Lancaster, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 18th May 2011 12.59 UTC

Looking after our minds should be as natural as brushing our teeth. The recently launched Action for Happiness movement suggests daily habits – doing good to others, taking exercise and nurturing relationships – can improve our mental health, just as five-a-day fruit and veg portions improve our physical health.

The psychiatrist Dr Norman Rosenthal, best known for describing seasonal affective disorder, believes meditation is an essential daily habit. Addressing a seminar on Meditation and Mental Health in London this month – organised by Meditatio, the outreach programme of the World Community for Christian Meditation – Rosenthal said he wouldn't leave the house without it.

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