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Meditation makes you calmer and clearer and encourages empathy and kindness … right? Not if you are Anders Behring Breivik who has told psychiatrists that he used meditation to "numb the full spectrum of human emotion – happiness to sorrow, despair, hopelessness, and fear". He still practises it behind bars to deaden the impact of his actions.
Breivik uses meditation as a form of mind control – a way to focus the mind and exclude responses that get in his way. You could argue that he is meditating wrongly, but I think his testimony shows that the effect of any practice, meditation included, depends on the ends to which it is recruited. Breivik's aims were determined by his racist beliefs and meditation didn't challenge them.
We've been here before. Breivik likened himself to a Japanese banzai warrior seeking satori – Japanese Zen enlightenment – to harden his heart. Samurai, inspired by Zen teachings, often used meditation to develop their skills and overcome fear of death. Zen's long association with the samurai bushido ethos culminated, after the Meiji restoration of 1868, in the support of virtually the whole Zen establishment for the military expansion that culminated in the second world war. Japanese Buddhists rejoiced that the Pearl Harbor attacks had occurred on 8 December, the day when they mark the Buddha's Enlightenment and leaders insisted that fighting was a patriotic and a Buddhist duty.
Established religions commonly support a nation's war effort, but the Zen enthusiasm for Japanese militarism strayed so far from the Buddha's nonviolent teachings that it raises more fundamental questions. After the war a group of Japanese Zen scholar-priests (the Critical Buddhism school) investigated how their branch of a seemingly pacifist tradition had ended up affirming war. They concluded that Zen's reinterpretations of early Buddhism had obscured its fundamental tenets.
originally posted by: starwarsisreal
a reply to: DogMeat
Then why do some people say that only those who are into love and spiritual enlightenment can meditate?
originally posted by: boymonkey74
Of course join the dark side of the force feeeeel its power.
originally posted by: Specimen
Yea, it definitely possible, since it can help one develop their self control to certain degree, where the practice teaches one how to channel their energy or so they would believe.
However, such meditation have their draw back, where it can be very draining and de-motivational due to how explosive it can feel. Also the intentions behind such vibes can be very distracting and dragging. It like jealousy vs envy in definition, one doesn't allow themselves to be blinded by hate, become obessive.
Specimen: Not only that, channeling to much rage or being angry all the time not very good for the heart.
But there are positives to it, it can give one a hardened temperament allowing more self control, and the feeling of "Righteous Angers" one for the holy books and maybe an amazing concoction for the Gods, but that another story in it self I guess.
originally posted by: Specimen
a reply to: vethumanbeing
It a little different then you'd think, although it can be a great release of sorts, but since true meditation is meant to still the mind and allow it interpret itself like you said. The practice of controlling one anger should be old age stuff though, especially when it come to the self discipline jumbo that comes with practices of religions or spiritualities.
Specimen: Hell, when someone usually angry or enraged, their nostril flare up, are more open, and breathing control a form of that attempt of trying to hone it. Almost like stopping and stomping while counting to ten, and cooling, one ends up feeling exhausted some what. It really can be a waste of spirit, but at times its igniting.
Specimen: I think it really depends on how cautious one is with their intentions, since there a difference of having a temper, while being the lowly definition of an animal that has no control.
Hates a very strong word with a lot of intention behind it.