What is Scientific Meditation?
Scientific meditations are the meditation techniques that are based on evidence, research data, observations, measurements, inferences and statistics. Scientific meditations are the meditation techniques that are not based on theories and opinions, but with well-proven principles and facts. The time has come when meditation has reached the status of a science. Scientific meditations emphasizes rationalization and standardization of meditation procedures and techniques.
Scientific Meditation Subject areas:
Scientific meditation is a multidisciplinary subject deeply linked to neurobiology, physiology, genetics and anatomy. Primarily, scientific meditation techniques are focused on compassion, kindness, peace, awareness, harmony, oneness, brain power, stress relief, concentration, creativity, efficiency and leadership.
The key component of scientific meditation is expansion of consciousness. Meditation is not just speculation, guess or opinions of others. It is a self-search-journey. It is a result of deep compassion and caring for the self and others.
Qualities of a Scientific Meditator
Despite having different approaches to meditation, all good meditators have develop some similar attributes and qualities, such as compassion, equanimity, confidence, integrity, intuition, visionary, humility, and ability to take fast and best decisions in critical moments. However, not all these qualities can be expected from an individual to become successful in meditation.
Principles of Scientific Meditation
We identified twelve basic principles of scientific meditation. These twelve principles often overlaps. By analyzing the qualitative and quantitative data, we identified the factors that differentiated good meditators who are able to thrive in crisis, uncertainty and stress full situations compared to others. The good meditators accept that change is constant and that changing their minds based on new information is a strength rather than a weakness. The good meditators develop traits like compassion, clear vision and patience. Good meditators develop deep positivity, and creates and radiates more positive energy in life. They develop a clear sense of long-term direction, even in the face of short-term uncertainty. The internal dialogues of a good meditator is always positive. They do not get anxious in the face of change and uncertainty.
Source:1. Principles of Scientific Meditation By Dr. Amit Ray, IISCIM, 2017