Meditation is trending and mainstream in the public consciousness now, for a number of compelling reasons. In the near future, its practice is expected to become commonplace and normal, hopefully regular, too. It’s nice to know we’re in the lead.
Listen to what ABC News correspondent Dan Harris* says about this milestone development in the video below.Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation, but reminds us that the ancient practice isn’t magic and likely won’t send one floating into the cosmic ooze. He predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies. Harris, an ABC News correspondent, was turned on to meditation after a live, on-air panic attack. His latest book is “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story.” (“Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode With Meditation,” Big Think)
Click on the video clip image below to play the video.
My powers of prognostication are not great. I bought a lot of stock in a company that made Palm Pilot back in 2000 and that didn’t go so well for me. But having said that I’m going to make a prediction. I think we’re looking at meditation as the next big public health revolution. In the 1940s if you told people that you went running they would say, who’s chasing you. Right now if you tell people you meditate – and I have a lot of experience with telling people this, they’re going to look at you like you’re a little weird most of the time. That’s going to change. Meditation is going to join the pantheon of no brainers like exercise, brushing your teeth and taking the meds that your doctor prescribes to you. These are all things that if you don’t do you feel guilty about. And that is where I think we’re heading with meditation because the science is so strongly suggestive that meditation can do really, really great things for your brain and for your body. (Dan Harris, quoted from the video; emphasis supplied.)
You can read an online transcript of the video at Big Think, as part of Dan Harris’ video blog titled “Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode With Meditation.”