Meditation in the iGeneration; How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress, is a book written for people like you and me. I wrote it because, just like you, I’m trying to manage the demands of modern life. We’re really very similar. We may have different story lines, but we’re much more alike than we are different. We all want to be happy, we all want to avoid suffering, we’re all trying to run this human race properly. This is why I feel that sharing my story about how meditation has helped me might also help you.
If I don’t meditate, my world spirals out of control. I lose my balance and get speedy and irritable. I get snappy with people, more impatient and judgmental. In meditation language, I “lose my seat.” When I meditate, it immediately perfumes my life with a stability that helps me regain my center – my seat. The effects are nearly miraculous.
We have gone from zero scientific studies on meditation in 1980 to over 500 a year now. People are catching on. Science is catching on. As more studies come out proving the benefits, even more studies are funded. Meditation is as beneficial for the mind as exercise is for the body. It can literally save your life. People often get into accidents when they’re distracted. Because meditation works with cultivating attention, it therefore works with removing distractions.
We’re in the Information Age, which is also the age of “distraction technology.” Distraction is epidemic, and this epidemic is spreading. With it comes a host of dis-ease and countless secondary problems – like stress. By working directly with distraction, meditation is a potent antidote to the dark side of this Information Age. Meditation is exploding onto the Western world at precisely the time it is needed the most. For me, it truly has been a lifesaver. I can’t imagine my life without it. That’s why I was so inspired to write Meditation in the iGeneration, and to share my passion for this simple but profound practice.