Associate Level Material
Directions: Locate two resources on the Internet that explain meditation techniques. Copy and paste the web address into the top of the matrix. After reviewing the website, provide a brief summary for each source. Below your summary, list two interesting facts you learned from each site. Try the techniques you located in your Internet search. Provide a brief description of what happened in your experience.
Be sure to answer the two questions below the matrix also.
Do you think meditation leads to heightened sensation and perception? Explain why or why not.
On the surface, it seems to. We already know that a blind man ...view middle of the document...
I think this is where meditation stands. It's the doctor we come see for the injury of stress, which we inflict on ourselves much more than any actual physical injury. To me it's a question of whether we are actually heightening senses and perception, or simply restoring them to the true condition they should be in. Maybe concentration is actually where the pushing and heightening would be, but only if we can heal the senses and perception and give them rest as needed will they grow.
Have you considered integrating meditation into your own lifestyle? If so, list one strategy for fitting meditation into your schedule. If not, explain why.
I have considered it and I actually do meditate on occasion. One strategy I've made out of respect to less materialistic philosophies is to simply deny yourself something like watching a movie or listening to the radio. Humble yourself and draw a modest line about the things you need and the things you want and take pride in sacrificing your desires every now and then just to meditate. Do it as a statement. Know that there is a greatness in simply being alive and breathing. Get lost in the phenomenon. I'm actually very happy that the topic of meditation has come into academia, especially at a time where the big questions are approached with a strict numerical attitude. It would be hypocritical to look at the statistical benefits and not promote something so ancient and simple. It would be just as stubborn to not try it for yourself, the sensations are self-evident, you can only try to explain it to others. If you are religious, consider it a unifying tribute to the most ancient parts of any religion. And even if the world is nothing but atoms and energy to you, and you are truly skeptical and pioneering, then you owe it to your theories to dwell deep into your senses and experience the most subtle events that make up your mind and the world.
Web Address (URL): |http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm
|http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ans/psychology/health_psychology/transcendental_meditation.htm | |
Summary of resource: | This site is more focused on the actual how-to of meditation, however, it does provide links to a sizeable amount of research that shows the physical benefits of meditation. It does continue to suggest that it is a healthy practice for most people and it is very encouraging of the...