Next Generation

Spin on Meditation Movement Suits Youth

A new-school movement spearheaded by a national SelfCentered Tour aims to inspire 1,000,000 young people to become more authentic, grounded, balanced and self-aware by spending time each day connecting with their inner selves. Max Simon, 22, of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, created the experiential concept when he noticed that traditional teaching methods were failing to engage his generation. He’s now training “awareness architects” across the country to guide youth in learning how to step away from endless mind-chatter, disconnect from pop-culture buzz, settle into an authentic inner calm and create a better world through service.

“Let’s face it. We live in an intense world,” Simon says. “Just because the whirlwind exists doesn’t mean that we have to get caught up in it.” His solution is a hands-on, do-it-yourself form of inner connectivity supported by events, entertainment and a web community. Tools include signature meditation, breathing styles and body-opening flow, which instill quiet while allowing chaos to exit. The tour launched in San Francisco last month will travel cross-country.

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