There are many meditation techniques. Some of the techniques are quite simple and can
be picked up with a little practice. Others require training by an experienced instructor.
We will cover some of the simple techniques to get started. Please note that because of
the effects of meditation on repressed memories and the psychological impact, you may go
through some discomfort initially; hence it is always a good idea to be under the care of
a qualified practitioner as you start your meditation. (See the section on Warnings and
In Christian spiritual training, meditation means thinking with
concentration about some topic. In the Eastern sense, meditation may be viewed as the
opposite of thinking about a topic. Here the objective is to become detached from thoughts
and images and opening up silent gaps between them. The result is a quietening of our mind
and is sometimes called relaxation response. In Christian mystical practice, this practice
is called 'contemplation'.
When we look at the basic psychological procedure at the heart of
Eastern meditation and Christian contemplation, we can understand why the following
activities are relaxing:
||Lying back and listening to music on radio or record player
||Focusing attention, while sitting still, on a fishing rod float; rapt gazing at a loved
person, object, or scene
All these activities, and many more, involve staying still and passive
attention to something.
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