Meditation is a scientifically verified method for decreasing stress, enhancing well being, and making optimistic adjustments within the mind. However it’s usually related to faith, or has a “new-age” air (like sitting in an unique place and burning incense). There’s actually nothing mistaken with religious-based or unique methods, which work tremendous for many individuals. However some are turned off by it or it makes them skeptical of meditation. For the latter group, Rick Heller has written Secular Meditation, a helpful down-to-earth information.
Rick is related to the humanist group at Harvard College, the place he teaches meditation. I loved the e-book and would extremely suggest it for anybody who has beforehand been skeptical of meditation. Rick admits that some persons are crucial of attempting to provide you with a secularized model that extracts it from non secular roots. That’s the reason he makes use of the extra generic time period secular meditation as an alternative of one thing like secularized Buddhism. I feel the vital query is whether or not the secularized model remains to be useful. It’s attainable to lose some worth if you happen to decide and select solely what you need. For instance, one might observe mindfulness and calming the thoughts diligently however nonetheless not be a really good individual. However I consider that is prevented if you happen to preserve a minimal important set of elements like meditation, mindfulness, and cultivation of loving-kindness, as I mentioned right here. Loving-kindness or equal compassion trainings are an vital facet that’s typically omitted.
So I used to be completely satisfied that Rick’s information begins with loving-kindness practices. He describes these and different useful practices intimately within the e-book. It was additionally good to see him cowl a secularized model of mantra meditation. Whereas many individuals discover breath-based methods to work properly for meditation, I personally have had extra success with mantra meditation.