Is Meditation Becoming Mainstream in America?
I visit NPR news often at www.NPR.org because they have such an artistic flair for good stories and we all know they are more in-depth and worldly than any of those prescribed 24-hour news channels (and I use the term “news” loosely to describe them). This morning, I noticed a neat pattern on NPR. There are a lot of stories about meditation.
I found one about war veterans using meditation to assimilate after the tragedy they’ve seen and endured. There’s a unique building in Houston called the Rothko Chapel that harbors paintings by Mark Rothko. It combines his art gallery and an interfaith sanctuary which promotes meditation within the actual design. And, I found another story that describes how executive MBA programs at colleges across the US are teaching meditation to help students learn to focus during business meetings and difficult number-crunching sessions. There is also a prison in Alabama that is using meditation to help calm the violence and teach coping skills to inmates.
I can’t help but be excited when I find information that leads me to believe people in the Western Hemisphere are learning and implementing meditation practices. Sure, here in America, we tend to “Americanize” everything to make it more appealing to the consumer, but there is no right and wrong to meditation. I think you get better at it with practice and study and using tools like we have here at SoundShift, but every time someone puts the practice to use, they will benefit.
It’s heartwarming to see meditation being used in such places as business offices and prison cells and chapels and other public places. It’s even more heartwarming to know the people using it and implementing these plans are determined enough to try to change people’s perspectives. I can imagine the ribbing the warden in the Alabama prison got when he agreed to use meditation.