Meditation: Why It Should Be Taught and Practiced in Schools

Right off the bat, meditation in schools should not be regarded as a religious practice or pseudoscience. Rather, it should be treated like a physical education class. This is because the practice of meditation is actually a physical exercise of the brain. There are numerous studies and brain scans to prove it.

If there was any class that I could take in school, especially elementary, it would be a class on meditation. Hands down.

Recess, art class, and social studies were very enjoyable for me. However, I feel that I did struggle a lot in school growing up because I felt different from everyone. My talents were different. I was more creative than logical, I was bullied several times and being left handed made me feel like I was a “reject”. If I had learned to meditate at a young age, none of these things would have phased me. In fact, my life to this day would have been vastly different.

This doesn’t mean that I regret anything and feel my life would have gone without any challenges. I just feel that I would’ve understood and responded better to the adversities I’ve faced. It would’ve also prevented many unnecessary types of suffering.

The way I see it, the world we live in is pretty fucking dark because there are many people who are not self aware. And since they aren’t self aware, they can’t understand the world around them as well.

If meditation was taught in schools, people would grow up self aware.

When you are self aware, you not only understand yourself, but understand the human species an everything else in existence. Therefore, you become more compassionate and understanding towards other humans and pretty much everything you encounter. Your natural talents become very obvious without any noise of self doubt, your ego stays in a state of equanimity, you understand what is good and what is harmful, you ignore toxic impulses, your core beliefs are kindness and joy, and suffering becomes a rare encounter.

If more humans learned how to meditate in schools, fighting over resources would not exist. There would be a lot of people who could use their creativity to invent more. I mean look at all the useless material shit we have in this world now. Nowadays, there’s more inventions focused on entertainment than survival.

We wouldn’t have an issue with overpopulation because people would have self control and know better when to procreate. No one would be self conscious, jealous and judgmental because people are more understanding. There would be no serial killers and politics wouldn’t be what they are today.

I could list so many other reasons why, but you get what I’m trying to say.

If more humans learned how to meditate at an early age, it would be clear that humans fighting with each other isn’t the real fight. There would be an understanding that life could never be “peace on Earth” because there are other things that threaten our survival, such as natural disasters.

As humans, we’re made to thrive by learning to understand ourselves and the world we live in; not get sucked into the illusions of our own ignorance.

If meditation was taught in schools, humans would evolve quicker. They would adapt to the modern day environment of technology. But because meditation isn’t widely available in most schools, the human evolutionary process has now began to turn around. This is due to the overwhelming prevalence of mental illnesses from being unaware of the illusions and addictions that modern technology creates.

It’s not social media’s fault nor is it the fault of any other kind of technology that brings in instant gratification. Technology is not a part of the human race, therefore, they have no feelings. And because they have no feelings, they can’t be malicious in any way. It’s the fault of the unaware human.

Because conscious awareness is rare among the world, especially in the western parts, humans are now more sick than ever, physically and mentally. The aging process is happening a lot faster than it should. Unnatural body enhancements are becoming the norm. Suicide rates are jumping. Everyone is more disconnected than ever, which causes a struggle between being a tribal person not wanting to be around people and compassion is becoming extinct.

Right now, we are accumulating a lot of unnecessary trash for the next few generations, in which they’ll have to clean up. If we want humanity to evolve properly, we need to help get the human evolution ball rolling again. This means to start teaching the young how to meditate. That’s it. From that point, they can take over and will know what to do.

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Boxing Yourself in the Present Moment

Boxing yourself in the present moment should become a habit.

I never fully understood what the “present moment” was until after a few sessions of meditation. I knew what the term meant but it was so difficult to truly understand because I couldn’t distinguish the difference between what was the past, present and future. My thoughts were scattered with memories of the past and anxieties of the future.

Anytime you think of a past memory or future thought, you are not in the present moment. There should only be one single thought and that’s what you are focusing on right now – which is you reading this now. Not what my title said when you saw it earlier and not what the next paragraph says in 5 seconds but right now. If you looked at the title or the next paragraph, you stepped out of the present moment because you were distracted.

After meditating for a while, I made it a game. I would focus on my breathing for a while, then allow my mind to start meandering off. Then I would bring my attention right back to my breathing and box myself into focusing on my breathing only. This was very difficult at first but the more I focused on it, the more I was able to “forget” what memory or anxiety my mind was trying to feed me along with the emotions that came with them. The moment that I boxed myself in with my breathing, my thoughts piped down right away.

If you can keep boxing yourself into the present moment when some past or future thought arises with some negative emotion, you naturally get into a mental state of equilibrium. Of course it’s not easy at first, but if you can learn to tie your own shoes, you can learn to rewire your brain into staying in the present moment.

What are your ways to stay in the present moment?

The True Benefit of Meditation

There are many different kinds of legitimate articles and such that explain all the benefits of meditation. I’ve read so many and they all sound great and have been proven by science. However, the one thing I feel many of them lack is the ability to express the benefits in a way to where the reader can truly understand.

People will only pay close attention and be motivated by something they resonate and connect with. You can throw out a lot of information about the benefits of whatever along with some statistics, but no one will actually pay attention or be motivated unless you explain something to where they can truly connect and understand in a “aha” kind of way.

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Why You Should Force Yourself to Meditate Consistently

Meditation is like going to the gym consistently for the first month – it’s very difficult to do when you first start and very easy to quit.

In 2018, I was very inconsistent with meditating but was way more consistent with going to the gym. I only know this because of my physical strength in comparison to my mental strength. I’m pretty damn strong physically, more than ever now, but my mind is trying to catch up.

I know all the benefits of meditating and how imperative it is to develop it as a habit because I blogged a lot about it. Some of my best written blogs came when I was meditating daily. However, because this year has thrown me so many challenging curve balls during the development of this habit, I fell out of meditating before it became a habit, several times.

This only caused me to get lost in the sauce all year long by continuously forgetting everything I personally feel that contributes towards mental strength – the philosophy of Stoicism and the philosophy of Buddhism. These two philosophies compliment each other very and are very synergistic.

When I look back to everything I experienced this year, the only thing I would’ve changed was my meditating habit by FORCING myself to be consistent with it.

Would it change anything that happened to me this year? No because everything is based on perspective. You cannot change what happens to you, you can only change your perspective.

If I had forced myself to meditate, regardless of what was going on around me, I either would’ve handled everything more effectively or not noticed any challenges whatsoever because I wouldn’t be triggered by much, not even the dark night of the soul. When you are triggered by something, that’s an indication that there’s something in your mind that needs attention.

This year was definitely a year I needed to force the meditation habit because there was a lot that happened to where it would’ve saved me a lot of energy. Out of the 37 years of my life, this was by far the most difficult and challenging year I’ve EVER experienced. I cannot tell you how confused and misunderstood I felt all year long and how annoyed I was from feeling confused and misunderstood. Basically, I was just lost all year long, but that’s ok, shit happens right? Time to move forward, not get lost in the past.

The mind is our consciousness which is responsible for generating all the matter that our physical body and organs are made from and keeps them functioning. So, if you think about it, you can be in the best shape of your life physically, but if your mind is trash, you’re limited. However, if you’re mind is in the best shape it’s ever been, but your body is trash, it won’t matter because your mind has the unlimited potential to adapt and change. Besides, the human body is only a temporary housing spot for our consciousness in order to experience life as a human. Get what I’m saying?

So with that said, I need to make some major gains with this mind of mine by forcing meditation consistently now that I’ve seen major results with the way I’ve forced myself to go to the gym consistently. And plus, the mind is a forever energy, so as a human, now is the time to tap into that while I can.

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Photo: Lake Travis from the Oasis Texas Brewing Company in Austin, Texas.

Mastering Your Own Mind

Meditate. Meditate. Meditate. Get into your own mind.

When I first started to meditate, I absolutely hated it. Sometime last year, I downloaded the Headspace app and got myself all pumped up about it. Within 30 seconds of starting, I was already impatient, frustrated, bored and annoyed; I just could NOT sit still. 1 minute seemed like an eternity. But as I started to work my way up from 30 seconds to 30 minutes, I was able to grasp the concept of meditation and take notice of the huge benefits I had gained from it every time.

Thinking back to when I first started meditating reminds me of one of my favorite movies growing up, Kindergarten Cop, that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Kimble.

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