Monthly Archives: June 2015

Down From the Mountaintop: Meditation in the Modern World

The Jan. 9 issue of Parade magazine says that meditation is the No. 1 health booster available.

And a recent NBC News story revealed that Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco falls quiet twice a day as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for 15 minutes, with remarkable results. “Quiet Time” has decreased suspensions by 79 percent and attendance and academic performance has noticeably increased.

So, why is meditation just now being discovered (or re-discovered)?

All the evidence says quiet reflection creates greater awareness of your thoughts and feelings. It helps you to see things in a different way. It has a calming effect and can help relieve stress and frustration. In that space, you can make decisions with greater clarity and think more positively, creatively, and productively. It brings greater harmony between your brain hemispheres, which are often, if not usually, at odds with each other.

Personal reflection helps us to change our natural, default setting to a more aware and considerate state. It helps us conquer instinctual negative reactions and to become more proactive. In our reflection time, we can consider how we’ve thought, felt, and acted in past experiences and how we could have reacted differently. This then carries forward into how we act in the future.

Read More on The Huffington Post