A Washington DC paper recently featured an article on a new trend in the city that, at first glance, seemed to have popped up out of nowhere. But the new trend, meditation, has actually been steadily growing for years!
More and more meditation studios have been springing up on the DC city streets. This new phenomenon has residents and meditation-newbies taking notice.
And while the meditation studios themselves may be fairly new, the practice certainly isn’t for many frazzled locals in one of the country’s most frenetic and stressful cities.
DC isn’t the only urban locale experiencing this uptick in meditation studios, either. New York will be hosting an upcoming mindfulness meditation festival that’s expected to attract thousands of visitors.
And Los Angles, as well as Silicon Valley, has been ahead of the curve for a long time, with meditation trainers and studios alike readily available for both individuals and corporations.
And the reasons behind this “new” wave of meditation for Americans all across the country is simple – it’s because we need it.
Stress is on the Rise
The American Psychological Association recently reported that stress is definitely on the rise in the US. It's up by roughly 6.25% across the board from August 2016 to January 2017.
And considering that regulating and relieving stress is one of the main reasons why people meditate, it’s not that surprising that a proven treatment like meditation is garnering so much attention.
Another study, posted in 2016, noted that more than 37 million people practiced yoga in the US on at least a sporadic basis, while nearly 18 million – and growing – US residents practiced meditation.
Gentle Stress-Reducing Exercise
Many experts and statisticians expect that the meditation numbers will continue to climb and climb quickly.
It may even surpass yoga and other forms of gentle stress-reducing exercise within the next ten years regarding popularity.
When you think about it, there’s a lot of reasons why meditation is becoming the go-to for millions of Americans for daily relief.
It’s relatively easy to do, does no harm to joints or muscles and can literally be practiced anywhere – in the office, at home, on the subway, etc.
Appeals to All Types
And it also works for so many different ailments. DC residents who attended these new meditation studios were asked by reporters and teachers alike why they went.
The reasons were as varied as the individuals themselves.
- Businessmen and women came for a much-needed stress break.
- Students came to get an edge in their education.
- Older residents came to help with hip and joint pain.
Another reason for the growing popularity is tied to pure science, a number of experts report.
People are Paying Attention
In the 1960s and 1970s, meditation was barely studied. And as such, it suffered from a reputation as being something that only a few “hippies” did with no viable benefits for everyday people.
Clearly, that outdated reputation is long gone. And as more and more thoroughly researched studies make headlines touting meditation’s benefits, more and more people are paying attention.
In short, meditation may seem popular now, but just you wait.
The meditation movement is likely just getting started, and it won’t be long before millions more people discover the benefits, and simply get hooked.
Having a professional teacher on your side will go a long way in getting you started. Once you’re on the path, you’ll be amazed at how far meditation will take you.