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Sunday, January 1, 2017
The Distracted Man's Guide to Meditation
Face it, if meditation were a pill, you'd want it. If it was a workout, you'd probably be doing it already. You've heard all about its much-lauded de-stressing capabilities; you've read that it boosts immunity, regulates sleep, and enhances memory, focus, and your gray matter; you know successful, smart people do it (Kobe Bryant, Novak Djokovic, Jerry Seinfeld, those snide geniuses at Google who call their in-house meditation class "Neural Self-Hacking").
You know all of this, but, almost assuredly, you do not meditate. Why?
"There are three things," says Dan Harris, the ABC News correspondent who chronicled his encounter with meditation in the highly skeptical (and highly hilarious) memoir 10% Happier. "The first is that guys think it's bullshit — that you have to wear your wife's yoga pants or chant. The second is that people assume it's impossible: 'My mind is too busy.' " Last, Harris explains, is that men assume meditation is all about being mellow, that it will rob them of their edge. (MORE)