If you’re not sold on the benefits of meditation, you should be. The National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gives a breakdown of why it’s good for you. When it comes down to it, meditation is slowing down, listening, and paying attention, which is at the core of coaching. The more practiced we are, the more easily we can acknowledge what we’re feeling, thinking, and doing, and control our responses even while our buttons are being pushed and we’re falling into old patterns.
Who says technology only makes us less conscious and less engaged? As meditation becomes a mainstream practice, clever developers have found a way to incorporate virtual reality into our daily practice. Detractors say it defeats the purpose of meditation – that we should be creating that peaceful setting in our own heads without help. To me, this is like guided meditation turned up to eleven. Sometimes, in the middle of the day, finding that space is not so easy, and neither is finding a guide when you need one. To me it seems like an effective way to get started. What do you think?