Meditation is the most central of all spiritual practices. No matter how great the benefits sound, you may have

struggled to maintain a meditation practice. You may never have found a technique and regimen that fits your

disposition and level of interest. SPIRITUALITY is included in this section because the best meditation technique

for a person often involves larger considerations of where he or she is “at” when it comes to “God/Self.” (Being

human, we all have spiritualities.)

 

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Here are my definitions. Psychological: the psychophysiological capacity

for mind-body integration. Spiritual: the formal act of communing or

merging with God/Self. Operational: any activity that facilitates inner

focus (which other practices, such as chanting or ritual, also do).

HOW MANY METHODS ARE THERE?

There are innumerable meditation techniques from cultures around the world,

but they all fall a few major headings:

Internal Methods

External Methods

Mantra/Breathing

Voice listening (“guided imagery”)

Visualization

Music listening (flute, chants, bells. Etc.)

Point of focus

Focal gazing (ex: Hindu tratack)

Contemplative movement (ex: Buddhist kinhin)

Classic meditation is done sitting in a dark, quiet room with eyes closed, but obviously a range of methods exist for

people who wouldn’t be comfortable doing that.

WHY IS IT OFTEN DIFFICULT?

Because it goes against the tide of life and human nature. Normal growth and development involves seeking things

outside. In meditation this is reversed—you go “within.” Meditation can also “dry up” for a variety of subtle

reasons, even after years of practice—but there’s always a reason for it. Although a small number of better-known

techniques are widely used, in theory everyone meditates slightly differently, since we’re all unique in the way we

approach God/Self. As far as I’m concerned, everyone has a unique spirituality profile, which may need to be

considered when choosing a technique.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? WHAT WOULD I GET OUR A MEDITATION INSTRUCTION SESSION

WITH YOU?

There are nine dimensions that all the faiths have in common: 1) ritual and sacred space, 2)

listening and study 3) prayer and contemplation, 4) song and chant, 5) movement and rhythm,

6) ceremony and celebration, 7) service and charity, 8) socializing and fellowship, and

9) meditation and other mystical practices.

You may not be religious, but everyone already does most of these at least in rudimentary form, because they are

the underlying dimensions of natural spirituality that we all exhibit. In that sense, these dimensions of spirituality

exist beneath the religions, as well as being a visible part of them. So, if I taught you meditation, I would want to

know the ways in which these dimensions of spirituality are already a part of your life, to get a sense of what

method would be the best to try.

II could go on… if this piques your curiosity, and you want to learn more about this approach to meditation and spirituality, Email me using the CONTACT form to set up a session either in person or by visual skype. I won’t do a session if I can’t see you. $60/hour.
David Low MS, PhD

Meditation is the most central of all spiritual

practices. No matter how great the benefits sound,

you may have struggled to maintain a meditation

practice. You may never have found a technique

and regimen that fits your disposition and level of

interest.

WHAT IS IT?

Here are my definitions. Psychological: the

psychophysiological capacity for mind-body

integration. Spiritual: the formal act of communing

or merging with God/Self. Operational: any activity

that facilitates inner focus (which other practices,

such as chanting or ritual, also do).

HOW MANY METHODS ARE THERE?

There are innumerable meditation techniques

from cultures around the world, but they all fall a

few major headings:

Internal Methods

External Methods

Mantra/Breathing

Voice listening

(“guided imagery”)

Visualization

Music listening

(flute, chants, bells.

Etc.)

Point of focus

Focal gazing

(ex: Hindu tratack)

Contemplative

movement

(ex: Buddhist kinhin)

Classic meditation is done sitting in a dark, quiet

room with eyes closed, but obviously a range of

methods exist for people who wouldn’t be

comfortable doing that.

For more information or to set up sessions Email me at: david@worldspirituality.com