What Will it Take to Make Meditation Mainstream?

Via Kate Bartolotta
on Apr 12, 2013
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If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation

 Last year, I had the privilege of hearing Congressman Tim Ryan speak about his book, Mindfulness for a Nation.

It struck me that while within the yoga community, meditation is somewhat of a given, in much of the Western world it is still met with skepticism, if not outright rejection.

While we rage on about gun laws, Monsanto, marriage equality and everything else under the sun, are we missing out on a simple yet powerful step towards a more peaceful world?

This is not to say that I think we should cease to stand up for what we believe. A big part of being the change in the world is activism.

In addition to taking a stand, it’s important that we remember to take a seat:


I spoke briefly with Rebecca Dreyfus about her upcoming movie this week, and am excited to share it with you. I believe that every time we can make mindfulness practices seem a little more accessible and mainstream, we are doing our part to make a better world for the next generation.

From Rebecca:

On Meditation offers a rare glimpse into the inner journey of meditation.

This innovative documentary, currently in production, is comprised of a series of portraits, notable personalities articulating their experience of meditation and how it’s helped them manage and manifest realities in their lives. Viewers get a peek into the mind and heart of our subjects, each of whom lend both divergent and similar viewpoints to this rich overview of the inward exploration of meditation.

To date, the series includes actor Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Do the Right Thing), two-time national book award winner Peter Matthiessen (The Snow Leopard), Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio, and yoga teacher and author Elena Brower (Art of Attention).

Additionally, acclaimed meditation advocate David Lynch will be filmed for the project this spring.

In order to finish the project, we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign. There are many funding options, most notably a $75 contribution which sends a copy of the film to a school, hospital, facility for at-risk youth or women, to a senior center, or a prison. This is by far the most salient aspect of the project. Our aim is to get thousands of copies sent far and wide.

Award-winning director/executive producer team of Rebecca Dreyfus and Susannah Ludwig have created this project, joined by yoga teacher Elena Brower, lending her hand as executive producer.



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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven. She also writes for Huffington Post, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga+ Health, a beauty full mind, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Kate's books are now available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. She is passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook and Instagram.


11 Responses to “What Will it Take to Make Meditation Mainstream?”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    I understand the sentiment and coming from you it is nothing but genuine. But…meditation, as we all know by now, is a very broad term. It has been used by the Catholic church for a very long time as well as all kinds of Eastern practices. It has been used by the New Ageists as well as Wiccans. Poets have used it. I understand your aspiration. We should be concerned with meditation and how it is taught though. What will be our motivation for practicing meditation. What really is meditation? Just as an outer journey can lead one down the wrong road with it's pitfalls….the inner journey can do the same. Without an authentic teacher who has some realization and can recognize the pitfalls meditation may make us even more ego driven.

  2. Chad says:

    With all due respect, I think that what will make meditation more mainstream is for the practitioners in this country to appear less flakey. Among those who have realized the benefits of a zen or yogic practice, there appears to be a trend of mimicking the cultural style of eastern societies, rather than acknowledging our own roots. As Americans, is is honestly weird and somewhat offensive to be chanting in languages we don’t understand, and changing our names to “something Sanskrit” in order to play the part. Others pick up in this. And they think that meditation is something weird that “those people” do. So basically, I think we should stop trying to turn Americans into Asian stereotypes, and just accept the fact that although we see the value of yoga & zen, it doesn’t mean that it is reasonable to try and keep it within the cultural contexts from which they were created. And actually, that is the essence of the original teachings.. Don’t be attached to traditions or concepts.. Impermanence surrounds us.. It might be time for regular ‘mericans to evolve the practice to make sense within our specific historical context…

  3. dreadedyogi87 says:

    agreed. and not to be crude, but i have to play devil's advocate sometimes 😛 bc these arguments, as Kate points out, are instrumental to a broader conversation about meditation withinin the united states… tradition is important (i'm of the Iyengar lineage and definitely wouldn't like to see that watered down either). but for realizes, the time is here, and the place is now. how shall we respond!?

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