While meditation has been practiced around the world for thousands of years, it’s safe to say that in recent years it’s come more and more into focus with the general public. With a more prominent presence in media (whether it be stereotypical representations of an LA girl with a green juice, or monks in faraway locations) it’s practically impossible to hide from the phenomenon that meditation has become. And for good reason.
People meditating today aren’t only those in yoga retreats or people with dreadlocks that make their own granola. It’s the CEO’s of huge companies, it’s the Oprahs, Hugh Jackmans, and Gwyneth Paltrows (duh) of the world. Probably a bunch of people that you know have done a little meditating, odds are you may have even tried it yourself. The thing is, it’s not a one-and-done thing, just like yoga, it’s a practice. You may have heard the Zen proverb: “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day–unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” To get the benefits of meditating, one has to commit, but it’s so worth it. And it’s not just incense-burning bead-wearing people saying how rad it is; it’s scientific studies proving that meditation will literally help increase health and happiness.
There are so many different ways to meditate. There is Contemplative Meditation, Effortless or Transcendental Meditation, Mantra-based Meditation, and more. Our favorite meditation teacher is Michael DeFrancisco, who teaches the Vedic Style of Effortless Meditation. Michael began his personal practice back in the 70s and has been meditating every single day since. We’re so thrilled to have him as one of our guest teachers for Buddhi Yoga’s Teacher Training starting this month. But the truth is: no matter how much we say meditation rocks, you’ll only see that when you try it yourself.