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I'm working on a presentation about the benefits of meditation and was researching some facts and figures about symptoms that regular meditation helps to alleviate. I was shocked:

3-5% of kids under 7 years old globally now suffer from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and over 50 % of them continue to have ADD into adulthood.

Major depression is the No.1 psychological disorder in the western world.(1) It is growing in all age groups, in virtually every community, and the growth is seen most in the young, especially teens. At the rate of increase, it will be the 2nd most disabling condition in the world by 2020, behind heart disease. (Source: Clinical Depression.co.uk)

Children as young as 2 years old are now suffering from clinical depression and anxiety.

Almost a third of people polled in a study on Anger Management said they have a close friend or family member who has trouble controlling their anger.

More than one in ten said that they have trouble controlling their own anger.

More than one in four people said that they worry about how angry they sometimes feel.

Its almost as though we are internally combusting from being overloaded with stress and all the information we absorb 24/7. That is why I've decided to take a stand. Being one of those mad, over-worked types for many years, I couldn't even unwind in a bath for 5 minutes. My mind would be racing. I would feel i was wasting time and that i wouldn't finish everything I needed to. Crazy!

My mother (by then a meditating pro) kept extolling the virtues of "learning to sit" as she called it, but at the time I would have rather sucked my eyes out with a straw. Then one day I sort of had a mini breakdown. At least I think that's what it was. I was trying to read something. One page, and I would get to the bottom and not remember what I had just read. Each time I tried to focus I couldn't. It scared me. I realised that this happened a lot. I would watch a tv programme and then have no clue about what I'd just watched. I was too busy thinking about the next 6 things I needed to get done. I started to get scared. That's when I started to read a little book on Vipassana meditation that my mum had given me. It made sense. It changed my life.

After that and a gruelling 14 day SILENT (!!!) retreat to learn about meditation, I now meditate for an hour each morning and have done for about 7 years. It is my vision to meditation taught in every school in this country and to have meditation rooms in every corporation too. Each year we spend billions on computer technology and information systems and yet we spend very little of the greatest computer each on of us has - our brain. This needs to change. Anyone who can help me acheive my vision I'd love to hear from you.

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