18 Jun '12, 5pm

Medication or Meditation?

Medication or Meditation?

“Mortality led me to meditation. Addicts talk about being ‘scared sober.’ I was scared into sitting,” writes author Mark Matousek in our book, Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World . “Being diagnosed with a then-terminal disease at age twenty-eight, I was forced as a survival mechanism to pursue an inner life. By learning to sit through bad moments, an invisible, metaphysical muscle seemed to strengthen in the stillness. Running from pain or fear made the badness worse, whereas when I stopped in the midst of it all, took my seat and let the feelings burn deeply through me, clarity slowly took the place of hysteria. Sitting was a place to empty out, grieve, refill, to remember the face behind the mask, simply by stopping and being still. That was twenty-plus years ago. My health crisis passed but the practice stayed. Meditation is on my shoulder, a r...

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