Kumara wrote:How your brain works during meditationYour brain processes more thoughts and feelings during meditation than when you are simply relaxing.
By Anne Sliper Midling
Mindfulness. Zen. Acem. Meditation drumming. Chakra. Buddhist and transcendental meditation. There are countless ways of meditating, but the purpose behind them all remains basically the same: more peace, less stress, better concentration, greater self-awareness and better processing of thoughts and feelings.
But which of these techniques should a poor stressed-out wretch choose? What does the research say? Very little – at least until now.
See: http://gemini.no/en/2014/05/how-your-br ... editation/
I wouldnt trust this. From the link above:
Fourteen people who had extensive experience with the Norwegian technique Acem meditation were tested in an MRI machine. In addition to simple resting, they undertook two different mental meditation activities, nondirective meditation and a more concentrative meditation task.
From the wiki page on acem:
Acem Meditation involves the mental repetition of a simple sound, called a meditation sound, a meaningless combination of vowels and consonants which is believed to help mind and body relax and to bring unconscious material closer to consciousness.
Anyone who has tried to switch techniques after getting used to meditating in one way knows how hard it is to drop old mental habits and get accustomed to something new. I think the article might just as well been called "People Who Usually Do One Type of Meditation Dont Do So Well On Another"
I would like to see this repeated with people who are actually adept at different meditation techniques, but the above smells of some kind of bias because of the choice of experimental subjects. Maybe its a press release from the Acem people
"When you meditate, don't send your mind outside. Don't fasten onto any knowledge at all. Whatever knowledge you've gained from books or teachers, don't bring it in to complicate things. Cut away all preoccupations, and then as you meditate let all your knowledge come from what's going on in the mind. When the mind is quiet, you'll know it for yourself. But you have to keep meditating a lot. When the time comes for things to develop, they'll develop on their own. Whatever you know, have it come from your own mind.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html