Middle-School Meditation

silhouette of teen in lotus position

I’ve written before about Eastern religion practice in the schools. Then this issue hit closer to home. During the coronavirus school-at-home season, a class of middle schoolers (one of whom I know) received instruction (via their tablets) to do a 10-minute “guided body scan meditation.” The graphic showed someone sitting in the lotus position. At some point in the exercise,…

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What Is the True Self?

man reflected in broken mirror

What is the true self? You could use that term to mean “the me that God wants me to be” (per Colossians 3:3; 1 John 5:20; see a related post, “The Only I AM.)” Though that may be the way some Christian writers are using it, others have drifted into the Hindu concept that “the true self is God,” which…

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Out of My Mindfulness Part 3

glowing lotus flower

Part 1 and Part 2 of this little series lead in to this foundational question: Is mindfulness/meditation an Eastern religion practice or not? With its use in schools, businesses, and psychologists’ offices, it tends to be billed as neutral. Sometimes, though, the Eastern-ness is cheered, and (it had to happen!) you also sometimes hear of “Christian mindfulness.” This Huffington Post…

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Out of My Mindfulness Part 2

silhouette of woman sitting cross-legged

Part 1 of this series told of the ACLJ’s action against Buddhist meditation being forced on school kids. The ACLJ’s researchers dug into general (not just school-related) reports on mindfulness/meditation. Turns out that with this current craze, mindfulness being trendy and cool, studies don’t report the negative side effects (or they downplay those). That matches info I’d found recently. One…

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Out of My Mindfulness Part 1

young boy in meditation pose

ACLJ attorney Jay Sekulow’s bulletin of December 11, 2018 focused on complaints about Buddhist/Eastern meditation being forced on school kids. More from that in a minute. Various “relaxation” programs have been appearing in the public schools for years. Most parents and teachers didn’t pick up on the religious implications because (1) parents often didn’t even know this was going on;…

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