What does meditation mean to you?

Thing on Thursday #10

We’re down to our last three weeks in the Thing on Thursday series.

Last time, one of the most popular projects voted for was developing meditations and rituals.  But those words mean different things to different people.

So, this week, we’ll focus on meditation.  What does it mean to you?

To gain a sense of the breadth of the topic, check out the Tree of Contemplative Practices, and this guide to meditation types.

The choices in the poll may involve some overlap, and there will no doubt be plenty left out.  Please use the “other” box for any missing types you wish to vote for.

Please choose your top three.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

About Thing on Thursday

Althing in Session, by W.G. CollingwoodThis post is part of a series of councils on matters vital to the future.  The name represents both the generic term for, you know, a thingie, as well as the Old Norse term for a council of elders: a Thing.

Each week until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday will explore a new controversy.  Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better.  Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word.  We value all constructive opinions.

There are only a few rules:

  • be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
  • be respectful – no rants or flames

Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism.  This will also greatly shape the vision that unfolds in our upcoming ebook Our Ancient Future: Visions of Humanistic Paganism.

So please make your voice heard in the comments!

5 Comments on “What does meditation mean to you?

  1. Its pretty difficult to keep it to three. I’ve come to like the fortitude kind of meditations too that puts “mind over matter” kind of thing.

    There is a page based on Meditations on the Ehoah website that have a few different kinds and methods, as well as some really great external links on the scientific effects meditation has.

  2. I use a lot of visualization and chanting (galdr) in meditation. I tend to combine the two, sometimes letting the vocalization bring about the visual aspect of the meditation.

    I also chose “deep thinking/reflection”… but that may not have been what I was aiming for when I chose that option. Sometimes I like to do a free flow type of meditation where I unfetter my brain (I’ve always wandered if what I do isn’t similar to Transcendental Meditation, but I’ve never been to any lectures on the subject to know for sure). When doing this, I set back (sometimes with music & sometimes not) and just let my mind go. I simply let it wander and do nothing more than observe. I find it very relaxing and helpful before getting started on any creative endeavors.

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