My post today is inspired by the presentation given by the Gandhi group, the Gandhi chapter in “Creating Minds,” by Howard Gardner, and the class lecture that took place this evening.
More specifically, I would like to focus on the role that meditation has on an individual. For Gandhi, meditation was a vehicle to ground himself.
Growing up, my father went through a yoga phase and although it was a phase for him, for me it became a weekly practice.
I believe that in this day and age it is hard to focus on the present. Everyone has something going on that pulls their focus away from the present, into their past actions or their future goals. For me, it is knowing that now that I am a junior I need to take my dental admission test and apply to dental schools. Lately everything I do, I do to make sure I have a secure future; whether it is sacrificing time with my friends to rack up more study hours towards the DAT or forfeiting those few, extra hours of sleep to make sure I am not behind on my schoolwork.
Throughout this chaos, meditation has helped me pull away from my looming future, and into the present moment.
This article, by Orna Ross, embodies everything that I love about meditation. Although the author of this post focuses on the benefits of meditation on writers, her thoughts on meditation can apply to just about anyone. For example,
“The human mind operates at three levels: Surface (Intellectual/Ego) Mind, Deep (Emotional/Intuitive) Mind, and Beyond (Imaginative/Inspirational) Mind. Meditation has benefits with regard to all three, most particularly in how it allows us to tap the deeper, wiser dimensions of our minds, which tend to speak in whispers,”
I especially love how she connects current neuroscience research in her writing,
“Neuroscience is showing, through brain mapping, how meditation affects brain wave activity.”
I believe Orna Ross captured meditation perfectly and for those who have never meditated I can sincerely say that you are missing out on an experience; whether it be a good experience or a bad one is for you to decide.