We all evacuate our minds when we stand in awe of creation on a beach or looking at the night sky. That said, transcendental meditation is often extremely harmful due to the unnatural provocation of the biology involved (see reference).
Hindu schools dona€™t teach Christian meditation, so why should Catholic schools teach Hindu meditation. Father Carter is correct that Hindu meditation is the opposite, an aimless focus on nothing. Meditate, "Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. If Christian meditation is a discipline of a Christian thought, Hindu meditation is the discipline of thoughtlessness. But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Good article, although the author has forgotten that the Catholic Bible also says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to a€?bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christa€? and not to leave your brain unattended which seems to be the norm in schools nowadays.
Having studied, and meditated on these a€?truthera€™ topics for a while now, and often being taken to higher levels by what is on Henrya€™s site, I hold with the model that demons, whatever they are, gain access to us under certain conditions and when we carry out certain practice or rituals, knowingly or not. Furthermore, I believe that this so-called meditation will eventually lead to a€?Voice to Skulla€™ type technology being used to program people during sessions on a wider scale, at school or work. In the first place, I think 'meditation' here would be in analogy with 'prayer' (which is more correct in my view). So, they are incompatible and teaching this in Catholic schools is corrupting the true nature of Prayer. What we are witnessing today is the "watering down" of the Christian Doctrine into a worldly politically correct theology especially with the Catholic Church and this new Pope. Going back to giving mass in the Latin language won't bring it back or save your soul either unless Latin is the only language you know.
The true Christian Church has no prescribed Holy Days that can be found in the New Testament other than what was written in the Old Testament such as the Passover Feast which Jesus Christ himself observed. Christianity is the Old Testament defined and fulfilled by the teachings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. More and more today it seems that Jesus Christ has been taken out of the religions of faith and spirituality.
An open mind is a direct invitation for demon possession, whether or not the person believes in them, whereas a mind concentrating on God cannot be possessed as demons will flee from it. When I see an article strongly criticizing mindfulness, the first thing I try to do is … be mindful.  When a practice, such as mindfulness, is close to your heart, it is perhaps natural to become at least a little defensive.
We agree that more data are needed regarding potential contraindications of mindfulness, but these data must emerge from systematic study, rather than highly selective anecdotal reports. In identifying contraindications for mindfulness practice, we must consider ‘dosage.’ There are rigorous meditation retreats where participants practice 18 hours a day in silence, for months at a time. The article argues that the adverse effects of mindfulness may be difficult to track because those suffering negative effects are most likely to drop-out of studies – therefore these experiences are not captured by researchers. We agree that caution is required in bringing mindfulness to populations with severe and persistent mental illness. Considerable confusion arises because mindfulness has often been characterized in an incomplete manner. There are some important parallels between mindfulness practice and “exposure therapy.” In the realm of mental health and psychotherapy, exposure therapy is a cornerstone of many different treatment approaches.


Exposure therapy involves the deliberate approach of anxiety-provoking stimuli with the ultimate goal of changing emotional and behavioral responses to life’s experiences.
Through our practice – and the guidance of mindfulness teachers – we can develop the sensitivity to distinguish the pain of growth from the pain of injury.  I’ll use the example of yoga. The advancement of mindfulness will arise through sober analysis, scientific progress and a careful understanding of the practice. Mindfulness is such a valuable tool that we are committed to offering financial assistance to those who need it. Scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of those who pay full price, as well as scholarship grants from foundations and individual donations. We are able to offer a limited amount of Curriculum Training scholarships for participants based on their financial need, diversity, population served, and plans to implement the Mindful Schools curriculum soon after completing the training. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we may not be able to support you with a scholarship at this time, but are welcome to apply again for a future training. After completing the Mindfulness Fundamentals prerequisite, participants receive a 20% tuition discount (a savings of $110) for the Curriculum Training course.
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Center for Adolescent Studies Inc., is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Christian meditation is a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God. The Lord does not delay his promise, but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. However, sensing one's soul - as you say - is a first step on the stairs of Prayer, and it is more mentioned in spiritual books as 'self-knowledge', which is a 'must' for a life of Christian prayer.
What a slick move by the Canadian School Board to attempt to replace prayer with meditation.
This compulsion to defend mindfulness, however, is itself symptomatic of my own attachment to views about mindfulness. When a body of scientific literature is composed primarily of positive findings, that’s a sign that there’s more work to be done. While the author laments the lack of empirical evidence for the efficacy of mindfulness, she proceeds to indict a substantial and growing body of literature primarily on the basis of the experiences of “Claire,” “Louise,” “Rachel” and her own. Further, we suggest that if a few minutes of silence is sufficient to precipitate significant psychiatric symptoms, there is very little reason to believe those symptoms would not have been precipitated through other life experiences. Clearly, the self-regulatory capacities required for such an experience are different than the capacities required for an evening mindfulness class – or a 5-minute session offered in a school. The problems of attrition in clinical trials are well known and complicate the interpretation of data. A mindfulness teacher working with such populations is well-served by clinical training, or working in collaboration with clinicians.
However, we don’t interpret this as an indication that the practice has backfired – in fact, this is often an indication that practice is unfolding in a productive manner.
While our usual tendency is to retreat from anxiety-provoking stimuli, this habit reinforces a pattern of avoidance that constricts one’s experience of life and can generate psychological symptoms.
What this means is that people practicing it will likely encounter their own habits of anxiety and avoidance. People who pay closer to the full rate for the Curriculum Training enable others to receive larger scholarships.


The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditA?rA«, which has a range of meanings including to reflect on, to study and to practice. Ratzinger concluded that Christian prayer and Oriental meditation are essential different because in the first case 'there is an Interlocutor' and the religious experience is one of 'the Other', whilst in the second it most the 'subjective personal religious experience of the self' that matters. Yet, it is possible to appreciate the practice but not be emotionally invested in defending it against any and all critiques. A mature perspective on mindfulness will honor the value of the practice while acknowledging its limitations. The single empirical study she cites was published 24 years ago and included a sample of 27 people. Typically, mindfulness is delivered to adults in the form of a weekly two-hour class, that might include silent practice for 20 to 45 minutes. Nevertheless, in a recent meta-analysis examining 209 studies of mindfulness-based interventions, the attrition rate was 16%, notably lower than the attrition rate for cognitive-behavioral therapy.
However, it is notable that amongst people with psychosis, mindfulness has had modest therapeutic effects, as attested by a recent meta-analysis. Instead, the individual moves against the tide of avoidance and directly exposes her or himself to the feared stimulus. Such encounters are not pleasant, but represent a genuine therapeutic opportunity rather than signaling that mindfulness practice is causing harm. It’s definitely not the pain of injury or the pain that signals damage to my body.  It’s the pain that almost tastes like relief.
Christian meditation is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts (such as a bible passage) and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God. She fails to mention that only two people reported a serious adverse effect of meditation in that study, and that at two of the three assessment periods, “subjects reported significantly more positive effects than negative from meditation.” Employing the sensationalistic title “Is Mindfulness Making Us Ill?” on the basis of this data is misleading and irresponsible.
Among youth, the dose of the practice is typically far less than this – school-aged children often practice for periods between two and ten minutes. Encouraging findings have also been obtained for treating suicidal depression with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
Of course, this seems counterintuitive!  Why would we want to expose ourselves to unpleasant experience? Competent mindfulness teachers understand this, and just like a clinician doing exposure therapy will provide context for understanding the process and support for navigating the initial challenges. When we consider contraindications for mindfulness practice, we must make distinctions on the basis of dosage. While care must be taken in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study finding that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction improved PTSD symptom severity in a sample of military veterans. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) reduces the association between depressive symptoms and suicidal cognitions in patients with a history of suicidal depression. Mindfulness-based stress reduction for posttraumatic stress disorder among veterans: a randomized clinical trial.




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