Longtime readers will remember that I’ve written about Socratic Meditation in the past. I recently came across this paper, and am in the process of reading it. I can’t speak to its conclusions or methods (as I haven’t read them yet) but I thought I would share it with you in case you’re also interested in this avenue of exploration.
Here’s the paper: “Socratic Meditation And Emotional Self-Regulation: A Model For Human Dignity In The Technological Age,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 24 (2013): 1-29. (with Paul Carron). This link may require registration to download, but should be readable without logging in.
I would like to devote more time in the coming weeks to developing a meditation practice. While I wrote about it previously, I haven’t done much of it of this sort. I’ve been reading a bit about different meditation types, and this hint about Socrates’ practice keeps nagging at me, and really merits some further investigation.
If any readers of the blog have a formal meditation practice, I’m interested in your findings experiences, and thoughts in this regard. Please let me know in the comments or privately as you choose.
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After reading the paper, this isn’t too much here as far as non-technical information that I didn’t cover in my first description. It was nice to see some of my conclusions and inferences supported. I don’t have the technical background to speak to the section on research and brain states, but it was interesting.
My overall conclusions remain the same: that this is a practice which merits further exploration.