Hey there, mindful navigators! Ever wonder why meditation is becoming as 'liked' and 'shared' as cat memes and dance challenges? Well, as we wade through our notifications and swipe through the chaos of our feeds, it’s no surprise that the digital age is dialing up the Zen! Let’s delve into the fascinating trend that's catching more waves than surfing in the cyberspace – the rise of popular meditation blogs and the tranquility tsunami sweeping our 4.0 tech era. Buckle up and breathe deep, because Everyday Yoga is about to unveil why finding your inner peace is the hottest trend that’s rebooting our society.
Back to the Beginning
Despite what the many beach bum, legging-clad meditators may having you thinking, meditation is not a new therapy that was concocted in California. Quite the contrary. Meditation has been around for at least 7,000 years and is the most tried and true self awareness technique in the world. It originated in India and has deep religious ties throughout Eastern countries. It wasn't until the 20th century that meditation began to pop up in spiritual traditions worldwide, especially in the West.
You no longer have to travel all the way to India or East Asia if you want to try meditation. Now you can go to pretty much any neighborhood to do any type of meditation you'd like. The practice has joined yoga as a widespread trend. Studios dedicated solely to meditation are beginning to open up in various cities. There are countless retreats all over the world that focus only on meditation. Meditation is also now starting to be integrated into schools (for students of all ages) and at the workplace. For those who like to stay put, you can gain knowledge in all forms of meditation from the comfort of your home, thanks to the internet and, now, a plethora of apps that can be found right in your smart phone.
What's All the Fuss About?
It turns out that there are reasons behind the popularity of meditation. No, it's not only because Gisele swears by it. However, the Beatles did make meditation mainstream back in the sixties. Since then, it's shed its hippie implications, namely due to the extensive research findings that are consistently pouring in about it.
Studies are proving that meditation offers many different types of health benefits without any negative side-effects. It has been discovered that actual changes take place in the brains of those who meditate. It has a positive impact on the the functioning of dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with the brain's positive emotions. Studies show that meditation can improve physical health, concentration, mental clarity, and spiritual awareness, as well as alleviate tension, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and feelings of self-loathing.
And, yes, it doesn't hurt that some of the world's most impressive people are enthusiastic about meditation. Celebrities such as Oprah, Steve Jobs, Madonna, Ellen DeGeneres, and Stephen Curry have all spoken highly about their meditation practices and how they benefit from them.
A Trend Train Worth Hopping On
It's time that those whose noses are in the air about meditation should consider taking this trend a little bit more seriously. The physical, mental, and spiritual benefits are completely worth exploring new territory for. Given the current rate at which meditation is becoming more and more respected and practiced, there is a good chance that it will soon be accepted as a regular daily routine in our culture. If you haven't yet, see what meditation is all about and enjoy living an elevated, happier, and healthier life!
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