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Why does our culture have difficulty with meditation?

I know this is an age old question, but I’d like to see what the best answer anyone can come up with to it is. For some reason our culture seems extremely spiritually disconnected, and many people who are open minded enough to even try meditation tend to have immense difficulty with it. It seems to me like this is progressively building more and more, so something’s gotta be causing it. 10 points to the most insightful answer!

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  • I was reading a post by Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis about the relationship between Yoga and Tai Chi which I just realized does a very good job of addressing your question. The practice of meditation focuses upon being inside your body and quieting your simple active mind so that the deeper levels can take over and be connected with.

    Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis summed this whole situation up pretty well:
    “Now with Longevity Breathing Yoga (Taoist Yoga) the whole thing moves you towards experiencing your body from the inside of it, each part and the whole, not like you are looking from the outside perspective as an observer, which is how a lot of people go through life. This is especially true of our highly caffeinated society with the immense amount of mental work we are required to do. It keeps us in our heads and many times not feeling our body.”
    Since we live in a mentally hyperactive world which focuses much more on using the mind than the body, it results in us being too inside our heads, the exact opposite of the state necessary for meditation. Since the work place is getting progressively more technically advanced and stressful, this trend as you put it does seem to just be progressively increasing.

  • because of silly new agers that give it a bad name and people trying to make a quick buck selling meditation cd’s, classes and other paraphernalia in an attempt to avoid getting a job.

  • Because life is too fast paced and stressful so we don’t have time to give a shit about it.
    (Sorry for the language)

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