ON THE SPIRIT OF MEDITATION
Recent scientific research in the area of the psychology and physiology of the human mind and brain reveals astonishing facts about the wisdom and philosophy; spirit and practice of meditation. The discovery proved that the human mind respond to real and imaginary situations indifferently. The danger-detecting system of the brain automatically springs into action when activated either by real life situations or at prayer and meditation. The purpose of this paper is to encourage the practice of meditation common to Buddha, Socrates, and Jesus, the Christ who transcended their immediate situations and sufferings through the wisdom, spirit, and philosophy of meditation. The philosophical dictum “Man know thyself” implies mindfulness, and conscious meditation on both internal and external stimuli. Following the meditative movements of the masters, one can avoid the dead – end of “staying inward” or self preservation by “moving outward” or sacrificing for others and for a mission. Several methods of meditation can produce similar results. In this research, we shall adopt the archetypal meditation of Jesus in the garden of Olives, hours before his arrest, suffering, and death. His poise, calmness, peace of mind and internal balance were certainly results of his meditative stance taken prior to the actual events. It is my belief that meditation can bridge the gap between potentiality and actuality. Meditation can breeds peace through mental rehearsal and consciousness examen. The profile of a philosopher as a “disinterested spectator/witness” is recommended as the vintage point for meditation, for the unbiased observation and analysis of the content of the mind, bodily sensation, nature, and the truths of religion.