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1 in 11 Americans meditates?

According to an article yesterday in USA Today, meditation, “once thought of as an esoteric, mystical pursuit . . . is going mainstream.” One might argue that if it’s in USA Today, it already is mainstream, but in any case. . .

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The article has a few interesting bits of info.


For one thing, more congressmen are coming out of the meditation closet:

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, feels he has to arrive at the top of his game every day. And Ryan says he has found a way to do that: He meditates for at least 45 minutes before leaving home. yan, 35, sits on a floor cushion, closes his eyes, focuses on his breath and tries to detach from any thoughts, just observing them like clouds moving across the sky — a practice he learned at a retreat

Another interesting factoid shared is: a government survey found that one in eleven Americans, or 20 million people, have meditated in the last year. Jon Kabat-Zinn reports that he has seen “a colossal shift in acceptance” of meditation as a normal activity in for Americans.
Of course, meditation can mean a number of things to different people, but article focuses specifically on the sort of mindfulness meditation Kabat-Zinn has popularized, which is Buddhist-influenced at the very least. 
Cheers America, happy meditating.
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Julia May

posted June 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Yay for meditation and for Tim Ryan.

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posted June 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm

We’re not weird anymore! USA Today sez so!

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