For centuries, philosophers have been intrigued by the search for the self. Is there an individual self who is experiencing things; making decisions; thinking thoughts? And what does the self consist of?
Solitary confinement is considered the worst punishment in high security prisons. Most would rather live among murders and rapists than spend a significant amount of time alone. How should we interpret this? Anyone who has attempted a silent retreat knows how excruciating it can be to sit with our own thoughts for an extended period of time.
If you don’t already meditate, take my advice: Start. It will be the best decision you ever make.
I found these statistics and felt compelled to copy them - it's mind-blowing that so much research has been done showing the benefits, yet so many people still don't practice it. If this much evidence showed a pill to be so beneficial, everyone would be taking it.
Imagine if meditation was a regular part of each morning at school, like saying the pledge of allegiance. Since we now know that meditation reduces stress, increases cortical thickness in our brain, and significantly improves focus and concentration, it seems logical to make it part of every child's daily routine. Numerous studies indicate meditation increases self-awareness, compassion, and introspection, including a recent study from Harvard.
If your automatic patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving are limiting your personal growth, you can become more conscious by learning how to study yourself more objectively.
I write about human behavior, meditation, body awareness, and a variety of other things that pique my interest.