Do we teach meditation here at The Monroe Institute? Not exactly.
Do we sometimes use the word “meditation” to describe what goes on in our programs?
We do. So, how can both be right?
“Meditation” as a term has gained familiarity in the West during the last five or so decades, making it a handy word to use when talking about attaining deep states of awareness. However, its popularity has also caused its meaning to become diluted and clichéd.
The word’s original source is from the Hindu and Buddhist practice, dhyana, a profound consciousness state that is the penultimate stage of yoga. According to Yoga International, “Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within.”
... does Monroe advocate their own, purpose-driven explorations over traditional meditation practices? Definitely not. Both are tried and true. Both have their special gifts. And they are not mutually exclusive.
That’s pretty close to a definition of TMI program exercises. But there are some essential differences.
So, does TMI advocate Monroe-powered, purpose-driven explorations over traditional meditation practices? Definitely not. Both are tried and true. Both have their special gifts. And they are not mutually exclusive. Many lifelong meditators use Monroe techniques just as many TMI grads are meditators.
We’d love to hear what you have to say about the differences and similarities you have discovered between Monroe program exercises and traditional meditation. Let us know at [email protected].
Thanks. Dive deep and enjoy.One note: the above discussion refers to exercises specifically used in TMI residential programs. Our store, on the other hand, offers a wide selection of powerful meditation-type exercises and music on CD. You can also find free meditations with Hemi-Sync and SAM on our website and our YouTube channel, as well as at Hemi-Sync.com.
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