question: meditation suited to temperment
- Have there been any studies done on matching meditation techniques to
temperment / existing awareness patterns?
Diana and I were chatting about studies that have documented
differences in male/female awareness patterns, specifically
documenting a 'global awareness pattern' in girls. (D, correct me if
I'm off base.) So, then the question arose: when teaching meditation
to children or adults, would it make sense to tailor the meditation
practice to the awareness strengths of the individual?
For instance, a person tending more towards fixation as an awareness
pattern might be best suited to beginning meditation with a
concentration bent, such as focusing on a candle. A person tending
more towards a global awareness pattern might be guided to meditate
on 'hearing all sounds at once'. A person who is 'all over the map'
might be guided to watch the procession of mapping.
- "Nina" <murrkis@y...> wrote:
> Have there been any studies done on matching meditation techniques tosnip
> temperment / existing awareness patterns?
So, then the question arose: when teaching meditation
> to children or adults, would it make sense to tailor the meditationsnip
> practice to the awareness strengths of the individual?
> NinaDear Nina,
Here's one spin on this interesting question:
We all have a predisposition to react either physically, emotionally,
or intellectually. This makes us unbalanced, habitual, compulsive, and
slave-like in our reactivity. A good Meditation teacher will be able
to advise us how to recognize which of these characteristics is our
most predominate and suggest ("prescribe") meditation techniques that
help us gain control over our primary reactivity, and others that
strengthen the other 2 aspects of our nature. The end result is being
well balanced with Self knowledge and Self control. As an example,
let's say that we are primarily reactive emotionally. Our meditative
task would be to gain control over our emotional reactivity, and to
strengthen our physical and intellectual awareness and reactions to
the strength level of our emotions. This will leave us well balanced.
So, for example, the emotionally reactive person, who is trying to get
this reactivity under control, may do well to do meditation techniques
that emphasize dispassion, while doing intellectual techniques like
pondering the ancient formula of "I am not my body, I am not my mind,
I am not my emotions", as well as doing physical awareness exercises
such as the Zen tea ceremony. In some traditions, like the Sufi, or
"4th way" of Gurdjieff, it is only the person who has achieved this
balanced, Self controlled state who is able to act. Until that point
is reached, the teaching is that we are merely in a robot-like dream
state, and cannot "do" anything. And our life is just one reaction
Meditation is the methodology that shines the light of our inner
Witness and wakes us up from our dream.
I hope this has shed some light on a classic, ancient meditation "game
plan", and will be of some benefit.
Peace and blessings,