Image of Meditation in the Western World

We exist in a time in which materialism is said to govern our thinking, however spiritual realization has had a profound influence on the Western world and continues to grow in popularity.

All the religions of the world have encouraged extrovert behaviour. Individuals have ben taught to look towards others for the solutions to their problems, eg. God. Meditation has developed a whole new religious dimension, it has created introverts, philosophy has formed the basis of most religions, meditation places its emphasis on pscychology. Psychology in its original context is said to mean the science of the soul, the science of the within. The introverted religion achieves its introversion through meditation.


Image of Meditation in the Western World

Meditation is being used in many countries as a method to combat stresses of ever increasing work pressures resulting in absences because of illness. In the Netherlands it is reported that employers are so inerested in its benefits that provisions have ben made to put meditation into workers contracts. The Dutch Police and Department of Defence have introduced meditation into their training programme to assist their physical and mental effectiveness.

 

Image of Meditation in the Western World

'Meditation means being meditative, silent, peaceful, with no thoughts in the mind, a consciouness without content. That is the true meaning: a pure consciousness, a mirror reflecting nothing. When a mirror is not reflecting anything, it is meditation'. (Gautama Buddha)