2011 has seen a great movement in the Buddhist realm, more and more people are turning to the path of the Buddha because of the peace and serenity involved but more so for the meditation. Although meditation is not a Buddhist thing in general, it is actually not directly associated with Buddhism or any other religion or way of life. Meditation actually stands alone. Buddhism as well as a whole lot of other paths practice meditation but so do those that are not on any specific path.
They practice meditation because of the health benefits that have been found to be true. Especially in 2011 we have seen a lot of studies on meditation that proves its worth to everyone instead of just those that are Buddhist or some other spirituality. 2011 has brought us these insights and the National Zen Buddhism Examiner brought them all to you.
Meditation has been found to make your brain grow
Meditation was used by a Buddhist monk to cure an incurable disease
Meditation is being used as a remedy for pain
More people than you may know study Buddhism in secret
There are places where you can go for free and practice Zen in the US
Meditation was not hindered by the powerful AZ Horseshoe 2 fire
Although there are more studies that were released and more news in the tabloids on meditation we can see from these few articles that meditation has taken a strong root in US society now. No longer are people thinking that you have to be Buddhist to meditate. That myth has been uprooted and destroyed, now we can see that meditation is something that everyone of us can benefit from and that it is something that we should be teaching our children.
In today’s world children are meeting some pretty harsh situations, from violence and murders in their schools to obesity and unnatural childhood diseases. Our kids have to deal with stress, something that just 20 years ago was not apart of a child’s world. Our children and ourselves deserve more, we deserve to be healthier mentally and physically. Meditation can make this possible if we all resolve to spend more time in meditation.
Some may say they don’t have enough time, or that they do not know how to meditate. These are no longer excuses that are acceptable due to the amount of information that is available on the subject. And all you have is time because if we learned anything new about meditation this past year it had to be that meditation does not have to be so formal, or so long. Even just a few minutes a day sitting with your eyes closed thinking of nothing will benefit you greatly.
Twenty minutes a day can have awesome positive effects on your health both mental and physical. We have seen OCD cured here on the National Zen Buddhism Examiner column. Using Zen Buddhism paired with meditation student Nathan changed his life and no longer has to be on drugs or afraid to live his life because of OCD. So make 2012 a life changing year for you, resolve to spend more time in meditation.
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