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Beware of Fast-Food Spirituality

Maggie Kelly

Beware of fast-food spirituality!

As you might have seen in the yoga craze, our Western society has taken the ancient practice of yoga and, in some cases, turned it into the latest fad with studio after studio. Some studios practice yoga in the traditional way by incorporating asanas or postures into the grounding and centered experience it is intended. Other studios have made yoga almost into a competitive sport. Creating 75-minute hot yoga classes, prizes for practicing every day for a month, etc. Therefore, my concern is that if we aren't careful, meditation will become the next American "craze.”

Beware of "fast-food spirituality." In our culture, we fall prey to believing the fantasy that relief from suffering can be quick and easy. Meditation is far more involved than simply sitting down and being still or clicking on a Headspace App. We often mix spirituality with a culture that celebrates speed, multitasking, and instant gratification. Unfortunately, the result will likely be "fast-food spirituality."

How Meditation Helps

Meditation is not just about stress reduction, a better night's sleep, or a quick fix. Remember, dedication is helpful to reawaken your true self, deepen your spirituality, and truly enjoy all of the benefits of your journey. Your personal dedication and commitment to routine practice is very helpful. Adopting a daily practice of meditation on a routine and committed basis will be life-changing. Accordingly, t provides the greatest chance of returning you to a state of wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. We didn’t get to a stressed-out, chaotic state overnight. It's unlikely that we can settle ourselves down with a few days of meditation. Therefore, meditation is a spiritual practice that takes time and investment.

Satsang House was created to be a community in which to surround yourself with like-minded people who gather together to support one another in their mediation practice and spiritual journey. This is the true meaning of the word satsang and exactly why it was chosen as the name for this beautiful and tranquil slice of heaven.

Join us at Satsang House, San Diego’s premier meditation center, to learn how to set a solid foundation of mindfulness into your daily life. Or consider coming to one of our classes or signing up for an online course!

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