The Dangers of Meditation


Eastern religion is slowly creeping into the American pop culture – yoga, meditation, etc. Brandon has a good post on the danger of Eastern meditation.

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The practice of meditation – more specifically eastern meditation like Zen – is growing popularity. It is primarily touted as a harmless means of relaxation and as a tool for achieving greater cognitive power. However, the practice is not without it’s dangers:

Since the 1970s, meditation has become increasingly popular in the West and is promoted as a way to reduce stress, bring about relaxation, and even manage depression. It’s now being used in classrooms, prisons, and hospitals. Here in Australia, meditation groups and teachers have popped up like mushrooms: hundreds head off to the free (donation only) ten-day Vipassana courses, or sit and meditate with groups such as the Brahma Kumaris or Sahaja Yoga. There is a general assumption and belief that meditation is a secular technique and is good for everyone.

The most common types of meditation taught include sitting still and concentrating on the breath, silently repeating…

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