Modernised meditation for a high-tech world
The author, who is the founder of Pondicherry-based One World Academy, writes about a new meditation form that is gaining acceptance worldwide
By PREETHA KRISHNA
Ms. Preetha Krishna, Director, One World Academy
SPEAK of meditation and the immediate images that pop-up in our minds are of people struggling to keep their eyes closed or doing nothing. For some others, it is of solemn-looking people with longer than usual beards or zero-sized women in some knotted postures.
For those among us that have not delved much into yoga or spirituality, meditation might imply learning to be quiet and observing breath for a few minutes every day.
For others, who are a little more well-read and trained in yoga or martial arts perhaps, meditation is about training yourself to be the ‘master and not the slave’ of your senses and thoughts. It is about ‘self-control’. But is meditation all about controlling desire and observing breath? Or is it also for such of us who want fulfillment and richness of life?
A new meditation form, a new way of being is fast becoming the vogue in a country that is known to have an almost obsessive focus on technology, political power and plastic surgery. South Korea has certainly not been the dream destination for spiritual masters and meditation experts.
However, all that is now changing fast. With giant corporations like LG U+ and Our Home incorporating it into their systems, and making it mandatory for their employees at all levels, meditation is turning out to be the new way of life in the country.
One World Academy, a wisdom and meditation school for transformation, based near Pondicherry is heading this incredible change.
We established One World Academy in 2009 and it is fast gaining worldwide appreciation for its unique approach that brilliantly brings about a convergence of science with esoteric wisdom.
Built with a vision to awaken individuals into a beautiful state of inner being, the core of our teachings and meditations is based on the understanding that transforming individual consciousness is at the root of changing individual and collective destinies.
We have designed our meditations to especially suit the needs of the modern mind; and we have something to offer everyone – from the exhausted corporate employee to a serious spiritual seeker.
For the uninitiated, here are four reasons why you should consider incorporating some deep breathing and awareness into your routine:
» Meditation helps slow down the aging process of the brain and may lead to volume changes in key areas of the brain.
A study from UCLA has found that long-term meditators had better preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged.
Not only does it have a widespread effect that encompasses regions throughout the entire brain, meditation also increases cortical thickness in the hippocampus and certain areas of the brain that involve emotional regulation
» The benefits of meditation equal the effects of antidepressants for stress and anxiety, without the dreaded side effects. It reduces activity in the default mode centre or the brain’s ‘me network’ – an area of the brain responsible for obsessive self-centric thinking, which is at the root of all suffering. This allows you to be present to the moment and enjoy it rather than get preoccupied with the past or the future
» Leaders who meditate find themselves keeping fear and panic at bay and perform right action. When you free yourself from unpleasant emotional stress, you come up with great insights; big breakthroughs and your actions become wholesome and intelligent. You lead your organisation to a greater destiny
» Families that meditate together tend to stay together. Studies indicate that deep meditation bring about greater coherence between the brain and the heart, allowing us to solve our personal and social challenges with greater ease. Its benefits are profound on children, as meditation has shown to have a more pronounced effect on developing brains than on adults
Families that meditate together tend to stay together. Studies indicate that deep meditation bring about greater coherence between the brain and the heart, allowing us to solve our personal and social challenges with greater ease. Its benefits are profound on children, as meditation has shown to have a more pronounced effect on developing brains than on adults
Truth be told, in its ‘default’ mode the brain has a huge leaning more towards the negative. It has a natural attraction towards stressful states like anxiety, frustration and loneliness. And from these states, we could only make messy choices and create messy lives. Don’t you agree with me? Meditation is a beautiful path to retune our brains to states like joy, passion, love and gratitude.
In the last six years our meditation instructors have conducted detox meditations in Brazil, Colombia, USA, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan and China. Several organisations such as LG U+, Our Home and Kalisco, have incorporated meditations to enhance the well-being of their organisation and its members.
Beginning in May we have scheduled meditations at other firms as well.
Several executives have shared magnificent improvement in their attention levels, emotional health, productivity, and health.
I see that the foundation for individual well-being, an abundant life, and a transformed society is a beautiful state of being – one where you have moved away from inner conflict to joy, from a sense of separation to connection, from being limited to being limitless.