The Case for Meditation

Posted August 21, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

Meditation. The word is everywhere these days. From being a central point in the bestsellerEat, Pray, Love to a recent Oprah Winfrey special on Iowa’s own “meditation town” that my best friend forced me to watch, meditation is a central discussion in our world. Tell someone you’re stressed, and they’ll probably ask if you meditate….or do yoga….or drink tequila. And if you’re anything like me, you’d rather go the tequila route than the meditation route. But maybe there’s something more to consider.

Photographer Peter Siedler conducted an experiment during a “dathun” – a month long meditation retreat. he took a photo of participants before the retreat, and another photo in the same background after the retreat. He simply asked that they consider what they were searching for in the period ahead on the first day, and to contemplate their experience on the last day. The results are quite astounding. Here are just two photos:

I don’t know about you, but I see the difference in these two photos. And whether it’s the meditation, or just the day the photos were taken, I don’t know. But it’s worth reconsidering the practice. What do you think? Will you be crossing your legs and letting out an OM soon?

To see more of these transformative photos, click here.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."