A version of this post appears on my blog for PsychCentral, "Getting Older with Bipolar."
I spent the weekend at my parents’ house in the mountains, very quiet, and found the entire secularization of sacred traditions troubling. I thought about the way I’ve been teaching meditation.
I recently taught a class in creative contemplation that was based on Lectio Divina, or divine reading. It is a practice undertaken by contemplative Christians and monks in which one completely surrenders to the voice of God as inspired by a line of scripture.
I have no real allegiance to Christianity, other than my upbringing, and I presented the practice as a completely secular way to meditate. Many modern meditative and contemplative forms are presented this way.