Can meditation change your life?

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Inspired by Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk on stress management, followed by her book, The Willpower Instinct, I decided to try meditation.

In the interest of full disclosure, let me say that I haven’t yet embarked on this new journey. I tried meditation years ago (I can’t remember what inspired that attempt), but it didn’t take.

A psychologist friend embraces meditation, and her interest coupled with McGonigal’s inspiration has encouraged me to give this a legitimate shot.

According to McGonigal and other sources, basic meditation is easy to begin, when simple guidelines are followed. The purported benefits of meditating are remarkable and include increased concentration and will power, decreased stress, which can impact potential heart disease and general happiness.

Several San Francisco schools use meditation with students and have reported a transformation in students’ attitudes, due to consistent meditation.

If any of this is true, five to 15 minutes of daily meditation seems mandatory.

Do you meditate? If so, please share your experiences and be my guide. Meanwhile, I’ll keep you informed about my progress.


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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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