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I was wondering why some religious people have an issue with meditation?

I really wish they would incorporate meditation into schools.

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  1. They don’t if you do it right.
    You need to get down on all fours and whisper the words Holy Holy Holy.
    If you have some other method, perhaps a method from satan or whatever, then that could complicate things.

  2. Christians do not have a problem with meditating on the Lord, but transcendental meditation is harmful. people who have been trapped in this occult practice have given testimony to the harm it did in their lives. it’s not something to be practiced at school or elsewhere.

  3. For the most part, meditation is fixating yourself on an object, such as a vision of a sunny field, etc., thus making the object of fixation, a god like thing. This goes against the commandment – Thou shalt not worship any but God. In the mind, this fixation becomes your salvation so to speak, and there is no real salvation in these things – only in God.
    A Christian could meditate on God or God’s word of course, but then you will run into – in the schools – how is it that the children decide what it is they meditate on? Suggestions by a teacher? Would the teacher then suggest to think of something pleasant or think of that sunny field perhaps? Thus, this would be instructing the child to go against God.
    So while I would encourage my child to meditate on God at home, I would not like and be 100% against it being done at a school, especially under the supervision of any form of staff

  4. as someone who has meditated 1000s of hrs. including formal meditation retreats i can see how people would be against it because everything that is buried in your psyche will come to the surface sooner or later and it can be misinterpreted as demonic. i’ve had the most vile,disgusting thoughts and images come up but since i knew to just blow them off as what they were. JUST THOUGHTS rising to the surface. also, the body can start to involuntarily move, objects that don’t really exist can be believed to arise, emotions can overwhelm,etc. it’s not perceived as normal.
    brief meditation periods of 30mins or less are generally safe. and there’s basically only two types of meditation. concentration and insight( both overlap somewhat). so any wholesome or neutral object can be an object for concentration meditation. breath meditation is one of the best. everyone regardless of their religion or lack of ,breathes. wisdom insight arises when a meditator recognizes things for what they really are.

  5. Meditation teaches you that you have a spark of the Divine within you, Most Religions tell you though the Divine is over there to the left a little bit. Meditation teaches you that you are Divine, Most Religions tell us we are Sinners.

  6. Good evening, Spencer Reid.
    I think there are many people of various religious traditions who are under the wrong impression that meditation is either Buddhist, Hindu, or worse New Age. They really don’t understand that all of the contemporary religious traditions (we’ll put Buddhism into that category for convenience) incorporate meditation in their practice.
    In the Protestant Order of Worship there is generally a period of silent prayer which is most frequently an actual period of reflection, i.e., meditation. The tradition of meditation is well known among the early Christian (Catholic) hermits and monastics. I admit I’m rusty on Islam but I’m certain that most Muslims practice a period of inner reflection after an Imam has presented a topic in a mosque.
    Should meditation be taught in school? I assume you mean public schools. That is difficult to answer and is directly related to the first part of my response. Many parents would think it violates separation of church and state (at least in the USA). Teachers would probably think it is another addition into an already crammed curricula. Not too sure how that would “fly” but I know there are some districts who have incorporated a type of meditation into their school day (see http://www.newsweek.com/id/139206 and http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/apr/14/transcendental-meditation-in-schools just to cite two articles on the topic).
    May all be at peace.
    John

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