Reblogged TED Talk: 4 Scientific Studies on Meditation


It’s been 2 months since I’ve done anything remotely similar to meditating. I turned this TED Talk on as I made breakfast, and thought to myself, “Divya. Get back on the ball sister.” I know; it’s strange that I referred to myself as sister. Truth be told, pep talks to oneself are always rather colorful. Take a look around at the people on the cardio machines at the gym- it gets weird.

As the presenter Andy Puddicombe said, “meditation is essentially familiarizing yourself with the present.” Recently, I’ve basically been anywhere but here. Things have objectively been crazy; some may even deem them at cray-cray level on the Crazy Meter. I’ve definitely gotten caught up in it all.  I am ready to get back to the basics.

For the month of April, I pledge to sit for a 15 minute session of meditation every morning. I realize there’s irony in making a personal promise on April Fools’ Day. But then again, I was born on Friday the 13th and think I’m a lucky ducky. :)

I recommend this quick video for anyone interested in learning more about meditation! Very informative, engaging, and to the point. Check it out!

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience. But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I know that I’m supposed to be letting all thoughts go, more and more fly through my mind. Soon I have a laundry-list of “to-dos” in my head … and then my legs fall asleep. It’s all downhill from there.

Today’s TED Talk, however, might actually convince me to give meditation another shot.

“We live in an incredibly busy world. Our pace of life is often frantic, our minds are always busy, and we’re always doing something,” says Andy Puddicombe at the TEDSalon London Fall 2012. “The sad fact is that we’re so distracted that we are no longer present in the world in which we live. We miss out on the things…

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