Living in a world of erratic traffic, rude strangers, and 24 hour news channels, it’s no wonder that high anxiety runs rampant. We are always on edge, waiting for the next big bad to hit with next to no guarantee that relief is on the way, and yet we are still expected to perform at work and at home with a clear head. Relaxation techniques are just as important as they have ever been, and the library may be a great place to learn.
Meditation is often seen as some sort of hippy quackery by a lot of folk, and yet, there is actually some science to back up the benefits of meditation. News anchor, Dan Harris, explores in his book, “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics,” the evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, that meditation can be good for everybody. He and his friend, Jeff Warren, referred to as a “Meditation MacGyver,” go across the country to debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions of meditation. Interviewing celebrities, police officers, military cadets, and typical, everyday people with families, they go over some of meditation techniques people use to reduce stress. They delve a little into the science that shows that meditation can help lower blood pressure and alleviate the dreaded anxiety-depression combination that plagues so many of us these days. They even give instructions on how to meditate for those who want to start but don’t know where to begin. This book is easy to approach for people who have never meditated before, yet those who have been meditating regularly for a while can get something out of it. It can be found in the new books section of the library, call number 158.12 H.