Thanks for tolerating our cheezy hand at creepy meditation pusher talk. As it turns out, we don’t even have to go there since everybody’s already doing it! According to an article in The New York Times, alongside all the pomp and yoga primping, there’s actually a rise in just sitting the eff down. And it may actually be en vogue says Lovingkindness author, meditation expert and teacher Sharon Salzberg.
“Meditation is no longer seen as fringe, esoteric and weird,” Ms. Salzberg said. “Its main association is now its link as a stress-reduction modality, and not just for coping, but also for flourishing.”
Meditation is so cool it’s forcing some yoga studios to add more offerings.
Says ISHTA’s Alan Finger:
“There’s a flood of more people wanting more meditation. I used to have about three classes a week — I stepped it up to five.” (A sixth is taught by Mr. Bartelle, alternating with Peter Ferko.)
Om’s Cyndi Lee is optimistic.
“The yoga community in New York City has matured,” Ms. [Cyndi] Lee said. “I remember a time when we started with five minutes of meditation and a woman got annoyed and said: ‘I want to move. I want to sweat.’ Now they want to meditate.”
And the best part? Way less injuries! Hear that Bill Broad? Some yoga doesn’t hurt.
Meditation: The upper and the downer. So ah, we got the time, you got the zafu? Take one of these and set adrift…
Need a little help? Try this – How To Meditate In a Moment (video)
What’s your experience with meditation? Do you have a regular meditation practice?
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