Breathing In vs. Spacing Out
by Dan Hurley, published in the New York Times Magazine
Illustration by Christopher Brand
An fascinating article by Dan Hurley, published in the New York Times Magazine’s February, 2014 issue, about the value of meditation and techniques used by scientists to study the effects of meditation on the brain.
Two and a half millenniums ago, a prince named Siddhartha Gautama traveled to Bodh Gaya, India, and began to meditate beneath a tree. Forty-nine days of continuous meditation later, tradition tells us, he became the Buddha — the enlightened one.
More recently, a psychologist named Amishi Jha traveled to Hawaii to train United States Marines to use the same technique for shorter sessions to achieve a much different purpose: mental resilience in a war zone.