The number of people who practise meditation has tripled within the United States since 2012, and a growing number of articles have expounded upon meditation being "the fastest growing wellness activity in the US" .
A recent article, by Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz, talks about the "explosion of mindfulness and meditation startups—from Headspace to Calm to Aura". It gives evidence from the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) USA study, demonstrating that people of all ages, and ethincities are increasingly practising meditation.
This can be seen in the United States, where the percentage of people who practice meditation has increased from 4.1% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2017. In numbers terms, that is a rise from 13,080,000 people to 45,780,000 people.
Silicon Valley are tapping in to this new market with meditation apps like Headspace, which has received over 40 million downloads within a few years. One report found out why there has been such demand for new meditation apps, and why over 30 million more people have started practising meditation in the United States in recent years.
Meditation and mindfulness is on the up in the UK. With various organisations springing up to tap into this growing market.
What are the benefits of meditation?
The report found that 70% of people began meditation to improve their general well being. This same report discovered that people used meditation to improve their energy, memory and focus. Another finding was that 27% used meditation to reduce stress, depression, or anxiety. The most important finding was 60% of the people questioned reported that meditation helped them significantly.
So, when you are asked, why do between 200 and 500 million people meditate globally, you now have a good idea, and you can pass this information on to your friends and family.
Can anyone learn to meditate?
The answer is yes. There are a lot of distractions in this world, which can keep you away from meditation, and peace. There are mobile phones, work, social expectations, and many more. But, if you are hungry for truth, silence, stillness, then meditation will be excellent for you.
If, on the other hand, you see no need for mediation, and you would rather spend your time, working, or partying, or on your phone, then meditation will be very difficult for you. This is because you prioritise these activities over meditation, and thus you will not set aside a few moments in the day, to find that peace, and joy that is within everyone.
Why should I meditate?
The main reason would be to increase your awareness. When you are more aware, you are more sensitive, and you can see things more clearly. You will be able to see the beauty of nature, the beauty of friends, family, your beloved, and life itself.
Where do I learn meditation?
There are many different perspectives on where to learn meditation. It is not a simple question to answer, because the answer depends on who is asking.
Do I have to attend a class to learn meditation?
Meditation is not limited to a meditation class. One can practise meditation in any location, and at any time. However, if you are new to meditation you may wish to join a meditation class.
Some people wish to have a teacher to begin with, and in that case there are many meditation classes, or satsangs one can attend. Find mediation classes near you.
Use the search on the NearYou.best website to find the best meditation teachers near me.
Where can I find out more about meditation?
There are many videos to be recommended, but these are very informative and straight to the point. Find out more here.
Mooji - An Invitation to Freedom. This video allows you to drop the mind for a few moments, to be able to discover your true nature. Watch.
Osho - Meditation Is a Very Simple Phenomenon. Osho has many different talks, and books where he points us to the simplicity of meditation. Just by listening and watching, one can see how heighted our consciousness can become, or in his words how we can "become extraordinary". Watch
Papaji - Its So Simple. Papaji, tells us to keep quiet, to let us know that we have always been quiet. Watch
Jiddu Krishnamurti: In Total Silence The Mind Comes Upon The Eternal. This video is of Krishnamurti, who has many books and talks available on the internet, points us to the eternal, and silence throughout the talk. Watch
They can be found by searching for a class here.