One of the most popular "sacred" traps for most New Age folks is meditation. If someone said that they meditate every day for two hours, the standard New Age response would typically be along the lines of: "how wonderful, how spiritual, that is great!"
Consider instead if someone says that she drives her car (make it solar powered in this example) for two hours every day. The response likely would be "what for, why, what do you get accomplished?" There is a clear perception that the automobile is a vehicle for use in accomplishing other things. The vehicle is not the destination. Likewise, meditation is a tool and is not spiritual in and of itself. It may lead to spiritual experiences or it may not.
Meditation, however, is considered the destination by millions of New Age people. So, what does it accomplish for them? They use meditation as a tool for temporarily shedding the tensions, stresses and worries of everyday life. This tool helps in centering and calming. It keeps them occupied. These folks never "get it" that they are often avoiding important growth lessons by using meditation to make themselves calmer. The reasons why they are tense and stressed are never explored and changed so that these everyday experiences stop causing tension and stress. People use the meditation like a Valium or Prozac pill.
As a temporary fix, meditation is OK, but not as a regular means for avoiding life lessons. Then it becomes addictive and unhelpful. Most people recognize that those who use Valium or Prozac are dependent upon their drug for feeling good. Few recognize meditation dependency. If you are using meditation to feel good, as a tool to have peak experiences, or think it is very important to you, then you are likely trapping yourself in attachment and/or dependency.
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
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|Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "I suggest that you trust and explore all impulses. I do not recommend acting upon all. But they are always important to examine and to trust as valid on some level. If the likely consequences of following an impulse are acceptable, then acting on the impulse is also recommended."|