The Sunday Times published an article about meditation last month that my ex-roommate saved for me and showed me. It is titled Meditation Generation and the subtitle goes something like “Yoga? So last decade! There is a much more effective way of coping with the noise of modern life.” I’ve uploaded the scans of the article here and here.
I’m not going to deny that meditation is hot right now.
Meditation is the IT thing to do at the moment. Everyone is doing it, especially the celebs… from Russell Brand to Emma Watson. I’m sure Madonna is a big meditator too and definitely Alanis Morissette. At least 10 percent of ALL of my friends meditate and these are all of my friends who are not even in my Atma Kriya meditation circle. From these, 25% of my friends from New York City meditate – in fact, they are the ones who introduced me to meditation the very first time in June 2011.
There is a reason for the popularity of meditation right now which is beyond just a fad. The reason is: a desire in our collective collection to simply chill out.
Seriously. We all only handle so much digital, social, media stimulation and currently our hyper culture has well exceeded that limit. When you can’t get away from anything on the outside, the only place to go that will surely give some sense of shelter and a break from all this is WITHIN.
The only way that I know of to really go within, is through meditation.
Meditate. Not because it’s fashionable but because you are genuinely curious. Try it out. There a many different types: Vipassana (silent meditation), Mindfulness, Buddhist, Sahaja yoga, Transcendental meditation and so many other kinds. I tried a handful of different types of meditation before I found Atma Kriya yoga meditation which I’ve stuck to. You see, your specific meditation style should fit you like the perfect dress. There should not be a single doubt in your mind that this is the style for you.
So, try out different meditations. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments. I would love to hear them!