Meditation is so much more than just "the in thing" to do. It is a daily practice of connecting your true self, your spirit with that of the all creation. How wonderful is that? Yes, it can be used to manifest what you desire, to de-stress your mind and body, all of which are important to your optimum well-being. However, the greatest gift you are giving to yourself through meditation is the expansion of your soul; your spiritual growth.
It is through connection of mind, body and spirit that amazing things will begin to happen in your life or perhaps more accurately stated that you will become aware of the amazing things happening all around and through you. Like anything worthwhile, meditation takes practice, patience and an open heart and mind. Set ego aside and simply be in the moment.
In prayer you usually ask for something, whether is it help to get through a tough time, make the right decisions or for something tangible in your life. You may ask for guidance, peace of mind, focus and clarity. Meditation does all this as well but then takes the time to listen through the silence for the answers. Have you listened to your soul lately?