A lot of people complain that it’s hard to find time to meditate, despite their best intentions and real belief in its mental and physical benefits. But if it’s painful for you to carve out 15 minutes a day for peace of mind, I’d encourage you to spend three watching this video, from ChopraWell‘s new web series, Holy Facts, about the physical extremes some people go to in the name of devotion.
Footage from the Phuket Vegetarian Festival alone is enough to make meditation seem like a breeze. Ma Song attendees often undergo facial piercings with knives, guns, skewers—even bicycles—which they believe absorb negative energy and free people of disease and bad luck; all while supposedly in a trance-like state that protects them from pain.
Check it out: