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Re: Major crisis of faith with my therapist widget

Posted by arora on September 9, 2007, at 10:38:11

In reply to Major crisis of faith with my therapist, posted by widget on September 9, 2007, at 8:12:46

I've had a look to see if I could find any useful sites for you.

This one gives brief descriptions of the most commonly used meditations, (TM, Zen, Buddhist, etc.)

and this meditation site highlights some of the criticisms of TM... down the left of the page it also explains about other ways of meditating as well:

Basically, the primary focus of TM is on chanting a mantra for 20 minutes every day, which acts to calm and de-stress you. (the two main ways of meditating are either to chant a mantra, or focus on your breath... saying the rosary could be seen as a Christian-type meditation, in fact).

TM courses make their money by convincing people that a mantra must be 'given' to the student by the teacher, and must be kept secret... so: to get your personalised mantra, you have to take their (often very expensive!) course.

I find TM doesn't work for me- the idea of chanting a phrase over and over is just boring. When I meditate, I do visualisations- either of energy flowing into me from the earth and the universe, or sending healing to the chakras- something like that.

I don't believe TM is a harmful way of meditating- it's just that because it has become trendy it gives self-styled gurus or organisations the opportunity to exploit and control others for profit. There is NO WAY it should cost that much to meditate... if I was you I'd have a look around on notice boards or in holistic shops for other classes that are available... the shops usually have leaflets for that kind of thing.

I found a really good book on meditation, called
"Teach Yourself to Meditate; 20 simple exercises for Peace, Health and Clarity of Mind" by Eric Harrison, if you want to give it a go on your own so you can decide which method works best for you.





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