In our culture, we place a high emphasis on intellectual learning. Yet our personal growth seems to depend on how we translate what we read and hear into some deeper, possibly wordless understanding. Even Suzuki Roshi once said about his own (brilliant) lectures, "It is like giving you a recipe. It doesn't work. You cannot eat a recipe."
So how do we grow the teachings in our heart and in our body, and in the whir of New York City no less?
It has never been more difficult to live in the moment. Many of us have lives so full of activities that we can hardly catch our breaths. We work long hours, sometimes on weekends, and have hectic lives at home. When we do get a free minute, our heads are full of thoughts about the email or task we didn’t get to. As great as it is to be productive, our busy lives can leave us disconnected from our feelings and bodily sensations.
Headspacereceived $30 million in funding this week to expand their services. In one press release, they were described as a "leading digital health and wellness media brand", though most of us know Headspace as a mindfulness app, and they were founded by a former Buddhist monk who leads their guided meditations.