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Teaching a Boy to Meditate Underwater

Relax, and bring your attention to your breath. If you are like many, this is a natural call to meditation and peace. But for others — especially young men — the call to meditation is anything but relaxing. Boys often get bored, fidgety, and even anxious. Years ago Dan Goleman, PhD, who became famous for Emotional Intelligence, created a simple self-test to find those who would relax during meditation and those who would not. His point was both simple and liberating. People are different. We have different paths to peace — and those paths may change with time.I thought of Goleman’s test when I took my twelve-year-old son, Tim, for a week at a resort called Anthony’s Key on the island of Roatan in Honduras ( Tim’s not a natural meditator, but he took a huge leap in that direction through learning to scuba dive. Let me explain:My goal, other than a week together, was for Tim to see some of the Caribbean’s most spectacular coral reefs. Even more than rain forests, coral reefs are primary engines of evolution, and the reefs in front of Anthony’s Key are the second longest in the world. Tim …

Stephen Kiesling is a former Olympic rower, cocreator of the Nike Cross Training System, and editor at large of Spirituality & Health. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.

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