Mainstream Meditation

Science continues to validate the benefits of meditation on our health and well-being.  It is only natural that the mainstream start to cash in on the slow but steady shift in consciousness that is taking place globally.  Recently, The Huffington Post started a section in their news area called “The Third Metric:  Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power”.  They feel that the world has become too Yang, or Male-energy oriented, indicating that we are all out of balance.

 

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According to HuffPost,

The current, male-dominated model of success — which equates success with burnout, sleep deprivation, and driving ourselves into the ground — isn’t working for women, and it’s not working for men, either. On June 6, Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski hosted a conference called “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power,” bringing together women — and a few good men — to focus on redefining success to include well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder and our ability to make a difference in the world. On this page, HuffPost will host an ongoing conversation about The Third Metric and how we can chart a course to a new, more humane, more sustainable definition of success — for women and for men.

esq-chrishemsworthcover-0913-hJ1ou7-lgThe September, 2013 edition of Esquire is featuring a section entitled “How to Chill The F**k Out, which is suppose to include a handy how-to guide for meditation.

One thing is for sure and that is all of the people who were considered “Fringe” or “New Age” for practicing meditation are finally getting validated by the mainstream.   The ironic part is that those who embraced mindful and meditative methodologies could care less about being validated.  They are just ahead of the curve…

Meditation may help curb smoking habit | Features | The Malay Mail Online

articlesMeditation may help curb smoking habit | Features | The Malay Mail Online.

 

NEW YORK, Aug 12 — If you’re trying to snuff out a nicotine habit, a small new study suggests that meditation could help.

A US study announced yesterday and published last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that after a few hours of meditation, smokers puffed significantly less and showed increased activity in areas of the brain associated with self-control.

 

The Labyrinth and Meditation

LabyrinthThere are many types of moving meditation. Walking, Jogging, Tai Chi, Qi gong, and Yoga are several popular methods. One of the oldest methods of meditative self-development that is often overlooked is walking a labyrinth. A labyrinth is different from a maze. A maze is designed to get you lost with twists and turns that take you to dead ends, etc. A labyrinth is designed to always take you to the center. Once entering a labyrinth, you find that you take many turns left and right, right and left, however, following the path will ultimately take you into the center. The process of walking the labyrinth can be compared to achieving success in life: Choose to walk the path. Walk the path. You course will take you in many directions, but if you stay on the path, you will eventually reach your goal.

Labyrinths are found in every culture in all parts of the world. Labyrinths are one of the hidden mysteries that are right in front of us, begging us to partake and explore, but few do. Typically, labyrinths are outside in nature, which is relaxing to the mind in itself. One of the most famous examples of an internal labyrinth is at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France. The labyrinth at Chartres was built around 1200 AD and is laid into the floor.  Church seating is placed over the labyrinth, however, several times a year the seats are removed so the labyrinth can be experienced.  There was even a pope who commissioned the construction of a labyrinth. Pope Paul III  had a labyrinth constructed into the floor of the treasury of the Castel Sant Angelo in 1546 AD.

There is no right way to walk a labyrinth. You only have to enter and follow the path.

I often use a labyrinth walk as a walking meditation. Pay attention to your experience, as your walk can encompass a variety of emotions, attitudes or feelings. Just be open and trust the universe. You may find, as I have, that walking a labyrinth can provide an excellent meditative practice.