Focus on “Secular” Meditation

Over the past few weeks I have been exploring meditation that is not based in religion or in any kind of spirituality.   Both religion and spirituality have their place, and I am in no way condemning nor criticizing them.  But, I have found that meditation can be generic and in some cases is best kept generic unless it is made a part of a regular religious practice separate from your meditation practice.

In their excellent book, “Practical Zen for Health, Wealth and Mindfulness” Julian Daizan Skinner and Sarah Bladen write that, “The surge of contemporary interest in non-spiritual or secular meditation and mindfulness has arisen largely due to the health benefits…To get these benefits there is no particular worldview or belief system that you need to adopt. The methods themselves are simple, although their application may not always be easy. Pretty much wherever you feel  you are in life, there is value for you here”

In some ways working with particular beliefs within the framework of meditation can enhance one’s spiritual experience.  By the same token, it can also hinder a person for being able to effectively calm their mind and reap the benefits of calmness, clarity and equanimity.  So, we all have a starting point, and those of use who have meditated for years need to always go back to the beginning.



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