For all of our lofty ambitions, best intentions and spiritual materialism, nothing really tests one’s spiritual practice quite like a trip to a big city Ikea on a Saturday afternoon.
Oh, you’re bored are you? Of course you are. Poor thing. You’re not being overstimulated by blinking lights, dinging sounds, rapid paced Tweets and flashing video edits. Learn to meditate beyond these obstacles.
A quick hello from the middle of nowhere. And a few thoughts on meditation… No, you’re not going to levitate to the planet of la-la and bliss. You’re going to sit there and feel trapped in your own mind.
Over the last 40 years meditation has been used as a secular mind-body therapeutic approach for a variety of psychological and health-related problems. Its positive therapeutic benefits have been described in many ways in the scientific health care literature, including improved coping with distressing emotions, reduction in anxiety, reduction in depression and improved coping with pain.