How does Meditation influence the development of the Mind, Body, & Spirit: Five Reasons to Join a New Research Group

Meditation and Human Development Research Team Openings

meditationMeditation has long been a divisive conversation in interfaith discussions. There are some who believe meditation opens the mind and spirit to be present with the Divine, and others that believe it opens a person to opposing forces. As researchers, we are exploring the questions surrounding meditation and other centering practices; questions about the influence meditation and prayer have on development.

If you have interest in this topic, an experience to share, or more research questions, I wanted to let you know that we are starting a new research group here in the pastoral counseling department. The Meditation and Human Development Research Team we will be opening up the discussion to investigate meaningful questions about meditation.

Meditation and Human Development

This research group is devoted to understanding how meditation (and similar practices such as contemplative prayer) influences the development of mind, body and spirit. The goals of the group are to secure grant funding to support the research and subsequent peer reviewed publication and presentation of data investigating how meditation influences our lives and how it can be used to better the lives of clients who seek help in counseling. Students who are interested in becoming a part of the research team should submit a resume or curriculum vitae to Jesse Fox, Ph.D., at jfox1@loyola.edu.

Top Five Reasons to join this group:

  1. CONTRIBUTE to the research and development that is changing the social sciences understanding of spirituality and centering prayer.
  2. INSPIRE These ground floor discussions on the emergent research topic of mediation may just inspire your research as we cultivate ours.
  3. EXPERIENCE Be a part of a lively discussion, academic debates, and developing research
  4. ACQUISITION new skills, as the team is exploring grant funding, writing, and proposals.
  5. LEARN about applying for grant funding, writing a research proposal, and study outcomes

2 thoughts on “How does Meditation influence the development of the Mind, Body, & Spirit: Five Reasons to Join a New Research Group

  1. The apparently conflicting results of meditation as described:

    “There are some who believe meditation opens the mind and spirit to be present with the Divine, and others that believe it opens a person to opposing forces.”

    Could be for two major reasons:

    1. What you focus on and the purpose of your meditation determines where the practice takes you.

    Many do not have a clear spiritual reason for their meditation or their reasons are superficial. Others get caught up on their focus point, such as the breath, and forget to remember the “why” they meditate. Without clear, strong and positive intentions, one can end up being influenced by “opposing forces”.

    2. On one’s way to know the Divine, one will have to learn to face some Darkness.

    Many are not prepared for the Dark side of creation that surfaces when one wishes to grow spiritually strong. Meditation serves to sensitize us so that we can recognize it more readily and learn to navigate through life problems with love only. If we start the process of Self or God Realization without assessing our entire life inside and out with the goal of recognizing anything that is negative and changing it… we run the risk of experiencing “opposing forces”. We invest in the positive with our meditation and invest in the negative with our lifestyle or behaviors. Possibly through a profit oriented job, a toxic relationship or through enabling others to be dependent on us. Without a willingness to frequently and neutrally assess ourselves on our spiritual path, we are bound to be unintentionally clinging to outdated bad habits while simultaneously attempt to uplift our vibe.

    Such can lead to serious distress of our mind body and spirit.

    I highly recommend a meditative practice such as God Yoga, which includes detailed instructions on the technique and the proper inner attitude.

    I also recommend an thorough understanding of the basics of mind body spirit principles and practices. So as to be sure that one is prepared for the 24/7 life work that arises when one chooses to meditate with the goal of knowing the Divine.

    It is a worthy goal. I am glad to see this a topic of interest and wish that more are inspired to learn more about the mind body spirit connection.

    Merry Christmas

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