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This is the third article establishing a foundation of meditation practice for adult development. In the first article, it was argued mental and emotional health deteriorate when the maturing years of life are faced by a personality limited to habitual, fixated defenses. In the second article, the specific types of mental and emotional suffering and the specific types of meditation to reduce that suffering were described. In this article, the acceptance of meditative experiences into the personality is described. Acceptance is delineated in stages to assist the helping professional in assessing their clients' developments in consciousness.
The support for integrating meditation into health care and mental health has reached scientific and public acceptance. For the public to receive the benefits of the mind—body medicine of meditation, it is time for health professionals to step into the role of clinical meditation teachers. Clinical meditation refers to the ability to discern the right kinds of meditation for the right person at the right time. With the increased emphasis on preventative medicine and self-care skills to reduce health care costs, the timing is absolutely appropriate for health professionals to gain skills in this new role.
This is the second of three articles to establish a foundation of meditation practice for adult development. In the context of these articles, meditation is seen as a preventative method with mental and emotional health benefits. In the first article, the necessity of spiritual consciousness for healthy adult development was described. In this article, adult suffering and the types of meditation to help that suffering are described.
Examined through the detailed explications of 10 meditators' descriptions, the phenomenology of deep meditation experiences. The following 3 constituents of deep meditation experience were revealed by the Ss: (1) transcendence beyond the normal physical and mental boundaries of the self (invariant), (2) a different sense of reality (emergent), and (3) positive emotion (emergent). Several Ss also commented on the transience of the experience. They learned through practice that they had to adopt a passive or at least receptive attitude within the meditation to attain even this temporary state. They learned that conscious expectations of particular experiences inevitably result in failure. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)