The quieting of the mind is actually one of the by-products of meditation. When we make a determined effort to take a step back and discouraged feeding our minds with stimulation, it starts to quiet in its own accord. Feeling of relaxation is another by-product of meditation. When we become accustomed to being aware of the current state of the body, our body naturally respond to calm itself. This is the reason why we need to take a time out and close our eyes, find a space with few distractions and sit. By practicing ‘concentration’ and ‘mindfulness’, we get closer to ‘seeing’ the world and ourselves as we really are, as what it is, and not what we would like them to be — to see the essence of things and not just their outward appearance. And in practice, we develop compassion to all sentient beings.