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Meditation, Personality


In view of mankind's never-ending search for emotional stability, contentment and peace of mind, it is surprising that so little research has been undertaken in the investigation of the practice of meditation which - according to the claims of its practitioners, ancient and modern - can bring about just these effects- Meditation can be defined as a narrowing of the field of attention in a manner, and for a time determined by the will. The mind is made one-pointed, does not waver, does not scatter itself, and it becomes steady like the flame of a lamp in the absence of wind. (Conze, 1969, p. 19) The object of meditation may be a physical object, a mental image, a phrase or an idea, the choice within these categories being determined by the supposed effect of the object upon the consciousness of the meditator.