It's 6:30 in the morning and science teacher Mark Linsky is starting his day. Every day for the past month he has made his bed, sat in the middle and meditated.
Linsky initially thought of mediation as “some hippy stuff,” but kept having people enter his life who were very intelligent and well rounded who meditated. “Just like going to the gym or taking a shower it was part of their day,” he says. But as he kept running into people in life who meditated, he said, “Maybe there is something to it,” and decided to give it a try.
There are two types of meditation: silent and guided. Silent meditation is when you meditate without voice and music and guided meditation is lead by a professional using music and voice.
Linsky describes how he has been using guided meditation by philosopher Sam Harris. “In that 10 to 15 minute block Sam [the speaker] talks a couple times. Sometimes more than others, sometimes he's trying to draw your attention to certain things, sometimes there's a lot of silence. Linsky has been starting his day with meditation for over a month now and says, “My goal is when I finish this first 50 days, then I'm gonna try to do some totally silent things but keep it around the 10-15 minute realm.”
For some people, “the ultimate goal is to do four to ten days of intensive [meditating], where you don't do anything but this for a period of time and it is supposed to be pretty transformative for people who get really into it.” Though it is not on Linksy’s radar now, it may be in the future.
“My advice [about meditation] is similar to my advice about physical health. Don't do what I did and wait until I was 30 to start pursuing these things. Try it and if it's not for you, or if it's not for you now, you haven't lost anything and you have the potential to gain a whole lot.”