A Shower: Meditation for Amateurs.

Via elephant journal
on Dec 19, 2010
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Reading the Sunday NY Times today—in the bath, no less—I was struck by a few articles in particular that, taken together, discussed how energy drinks and hyperactivity were on the wane, whereas relaxing and providing some space was where true happiness—and productivity, and ideas—comes from.

Love it.

Exhibit A:

To Patnaik, the traditional groupthink session — even with modifications — misses something crucial about how great ideas are often generated. A lot of breakthroughs are born in meditative states, he says, the mind-set you’re in when alone and driving, for instance. In the past 20 years, he says, neuroscience has found, with the aid of devices like EEGs and fMRIs, a link between the slower rhythms associated with zoning out and creativity. “Why do you have great ideas when you’re in the shower?” Patnaik asks. “You’re at ease. Your sense of judgment is quieted, you’re making nonlinear connections, you’re more likely to come up with great ideas. A shower is basically meditation for amateurs.”


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5 Responses to “A Shower: Meditation for Amateurs.”

  1. Ella says:

    Nice use of objectifying male visual material, way to balance it out! 😉

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Aahahahha Ella, you can see all the negative feedback we get when we post photos of gents, not ladies. ~ Waylon:

    Quana R: Oooo, that pic woke me up! LOL.

    Doritt Y: dammmmmmmmmmmmmmn

    Gaby D: I am OBSESSED with David Gandy!

    Jen H: mmmmmmmmm

    Elizabeth L: Whoa! Desire = craving.

  3. alpinelily says:

    Thanks Waylon!

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Catherine K I am meditating on that photo. Sorry.

    Maggie K I just meditated in my shower this morning! It is one of my favorite ways to meditate. But never more than 3 to 5 minutes. Conserving water! ♥

    Ina M Um, can I meditate & shower with that gent?

  5. Yogini# says:

    Cascading and showering of water on (or near) the body produces negative ions in the air that induce a wakeful,yet relaxed state, including enhanced decision-making ability … an ice cold shower (for the strong of heart) has been used as a meditation substitute for decades …