It might seem a little silly to use a Grammy award-winning Tina Turner song from the 1980's as a reference to meditation, but Tina actually has been a devoted meditator for decades! Other famous meditators include Phil Jackson, David Lynch, Al Gore, and (of course!) the Dalai Lama. Meditation has been around for thousands of years, and recent research has revealed its profound effects in promoting health, recovery from illness, and creating substantive changes in the brain.
However, the instructions on how to meditate can be very confusing. Think of nothing. Imagine that you're one with the cosmos. Just breathe. Clear your mind.
Rather than stay mired in confusion, here is a brief primer on the four different kinds of meditation. Yes, there's just four.
Meditation practices differ simply based on where you put the focus of your attention.
In the weeks and months ahead, I'll be introducing various meditations for the city (e.g., mindfulness meditation on the subway and concentration-based practice for speed walking down busy streets). Stay tuned for the details...