Episode 025: Ever wonder how mindfulness and meditation became so mainstream?
Episode 025: Show Notes
Ever wonder how mindfulness and meditation became so mainstream? Think about it, ten years ago when you went to a bookstore looking for meditation books, they were only in the spirituality section. Now you’ll find them in the business section, the science section, the self-help section, the spirituality section, and who knows where else.
The knowledge of meditation’s benefits have been around for centuries but it seems like no one cared to listen until someone decided that meditation is the new simple experience that will make you better, faster, stronger in this non-stop, always on society that we find ourselves in. The ‘re-branding’ of meditation (to be the quick and easy tool to conquer more, more efficiently) has made the activity available to a whole new demographic of people who don’t necessarily want the spiritual benefits. Due to this new take on mediation, it has also gained more interest in the mental health field.
The world “meditation” is derived from the Latin/Greek roots of the word “medicine” which makes total sense when you think about how in ancient times, physicians were also spiritual advisors or healers.
Meditation is proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety, which is the main reason why I’ve picked up the habit but I’m also extremely interested in the spiritual benefits mediation provides. But what exactly is meditation?
Transcendental Meditation is a discipline from the Hindu Vedic tradition and is achieved through the use of mantras. Using the mantras or focusing on a specific word helps to promote relaxed awareness and achieve stillness.
Mindfulness meditation is based on the 2,500 year old Buddhist tradition of increasing awareness, wisdom, and the ability to live life moment to moment. This practice emphasizes stress reduction and the power of focus.
When someone begins meditating, they enter an altered state of consciousness. This state of consciousness is achieved in mindfulness meditation by focusing on the present moment non-judgmentally. This practice helps to open your awareness to everything that the mind and spirit want you to know. The goal isn’t to shut down your mind, but instead the goal is to help you pay attention to thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations more clearly, from a detached perspective.
Philosophers have said that practicing meditation regularly leads to a state of enlightenment, while Buddhist and Hindu traditions say it leads you into transcendental consciousness, and the Ancient Greeks have even said that meditation leads you into a state of being. Even if you have never contemplated meditating before, I hope those few descriptions gave you the itch to try it!
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