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Meditation For the Win

One of the reasons for meditating -- sitting still and focusing on an object, such as the breath -- is to train in tapping into the calm space in your awareness so that you can find that space in the midst of chaos.

Like on stage during the National Geography Bee.

Karan Menon, an eighth-grader from New Jersey, won the high-pressure event on Wednesday. And meditation helped.

The Associated Press reports:

Knowledge and memorization weren't the keys to victory — Karan said it was about focus. He took deep breaths and meditated between questions.

"Everyone here is equal," Karan said. "When it comes to the competition, you have to control your mind. You have to adapt to all this, like, millions of tons of pressure that's coming on you."

If meditation could help Karan --  on stage, in front of a national television audience being questioned by Soledad O'Brien -- imagine what it can do for you when you're stuck in traffic or making a presentation or waiting for a phone call or living through any other stressful event. Or just in life.

And you'll still experience the joy.

That's Karan at the moment O'Brien (center) announced his win. (Associated Press photo)

 

A mind, moreover, which has been subdued and calmed through practice will naturally reveal itself in external activities. - Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche

 

The Interdependence Project provides meditation instruction for beginners, as well as support for developing and sustaining an established meditation practice. More here.

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Comments

from Minneapolis

I really love it! Thanks Nancy!

Meditation Clearly Helps

Yet another benefit of Meditation. This is more along the lines of the Mindfulness movement which is growing rapidly discovering the benefits of being mindful as in the situation you wrote about. The debate now is about if the Mindfulness Meditation is having an adverse effect on Buddhism. Anyway loved the article :)

millions of tons of pressure!

love it, nancy

thanks :)

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