What is meditation exactly?
Simply put, meditation is the practice of "just being." While that may sound like a fancy paraphrase of sitting on one's ass doing nothing, meditation can be more challenging than it seems. Luckily, filmmaker-slash-creator of nightmares, David Lynch, breaks it down for us.
According to the David Lynch Foundation, there are three basic approaches to meditation:
- Focused attention: concentrating on a thought or object (besides your phone)
- Open monitoring: observing breath, thoughts, or the environment
- Automatic self-transcending (imagine if this is what boys got into at puberty!), also known as transcendental meditation, or TM: spontaneously experiencing quieter levels of thought -- a unique state of restful alertness
But why bother with any of these? Science says...