by Mjcat:

I’m doing a project on peoples views on meditation. I would like to know what you think is good about it, and why, or why if you don’t like it! Thnx

Answer by Mooshoo
Meditation is for the uneducated and slow man of yesterday who has trouble concentrating.

9 Comments

  • Meditation does have benefits – particularly that of bringing one into the present moment as it is without any projected ideas. This is important because, if you think about it, you will see that our ideas about things vary from person to person; this creates conflict in our lives and those of others. Through meditation, I have had the opportunity to practice being in the “here and now” and to carry that awareness with me as I go about my daily life.

    Secondly, meditation has been medically proven to restore homeostasis. When a person feels threatened, their heart-rate increases and they go into “fight or flight mode” which is an evolutionary life preserving mechanism. However, at this stage in our evolution, “fight or flight” is less likely to be necessary outside of life-threatening situations – e.g. being under attack – and can sometimes be detrimental, occurring even when one feels offended. For example: In “fight or flight mode” people can be quick to over-react when wisdom demands that one responds with calmness and clarity to circumstances. This has been a benefit to me personally, learning that I don’t have to “trip out” when someone or something irritates me.

  • Give it a try!
    Your question is like sombody who wants to know what chocolate tastes like.
    You have to eat some to find out:)

  • It’s unquestionably a valuable tool for calming oneself, attaining focus and the like. It’s even possible (via biofeedback) to achieve at least partial control of ones autonomic systems (heartrate, blood pressure, etc.) As far as a method of reaching spiritual goals, not so much…

  • Its pretty much crucial for anyone that is trying to practice the mystical tradition of any of the religions. Most religions have mystical traditions that tend to be very similar in nature. Some of the elements of these traditions that can supposedly be achieved or aided via the use of mediation are the following:

    * Self-nullification (making oneself bittel, known as abnegation of the ego) and focus upon and absorption within Ein Sof Ohr: God’s Infinite Light (Hassidic schools of Judaism)
    * Complete non-identification with the world (Kaivalya in some schools of Hinduism, including Sankhya and Yoga; Jhana in Buddhism)
    * Liberation from the cycles of Karma (Moksha in Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism, Nirvana in Buddhism)
    * Deep intrinsic connection to ultimate reality (Satori in Mahayana Buddhism, Te in Taoism)
    * Union with God (Henosis in Neoplatonism and Brahma-Prapti or Brahma-Nirvana in Hinduism, fana in Sufism, mukti in Sikhism)
    * Theosis or Divinization, union with God and a participation of the Divine Nature (in Catholic Christianity and Eastern Orthodoxy)
    * Innate Knowledge (Sahaja and Svabhava in Hinduism; Irfan and Sufism in Islam)
    * Experience of one’s true blissful nature (Samadhi Svarupa-Avirbhava in Hinduism and Buddhism)
    * Seeing the Light, or “that of God”, in everyone (Hinduism, Quakerism, Sikhism)
    * Mahamudra and Dzogchen – meditation, the process of union with the nondual nature, in Tibetan Buddhism

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