You don't need to have candles and incense lit in order to meditate. You can mediate in your car between appointments, on the airplane, or in a quiet corner during your lunch hour. It can become part of many happier, healthier, and stress-free days to come.
Now, I like hip-hop, but I don't love it. I mean, I like hip-hop lite. I don't remember how I ended up with a Russell Simmons audiobook, but it was divine. Surprisingly, Simmons spoke about his journey into yoga and meditation.
This week, I've participated in a resiliency training for vets suffering from PTSD. Located in a beautiful residential facility perched on a mountain overlooking the Pacific in Malibu, Calif., the program offers vets tools for dealing with their trauma.
Through Transcendental Meditation children victimized by prostitution begin to feel their inner strength and shed bad memories. By reaching inside their inner core the child experiences peacefulness, goodness and a childlike innocence that radiates out, much like a concentric circle.
When a child closes their eyes and begins to meditate, they open themselves to a field of all possibilities. The world opens for the child, and then the child discovers their essential nature, which is love.
The scientific investigation of ancient spiritual practices might be one of the most important advances of the modern era. But we have to proceed with care, assimilating the methods without dishonoring their roots.