Much has been written as to the influence religion has had on the practice of meditation. While for some, religion promotes rigidity and can actually prevent the fostering of a relationship with oneself, for others, a religious practice opens a door to the deepening of that relationship.
In this latest Chabad post, Frumma Rosenberg-Gottlieb shares how through her study of the Torah and her investigation into Jewish culture, specifically the Chassidic philosophy, she discovered a tradition that promotes an uncovering of one’s goals and the cultivation of truth, faith, and awareness as a way to infuse joy into a person’s life.
According to Rosenberg-Gottlieb, although there is a somewhat fixed amount of information surrounding meditation, it is through meditation, that a person can experience a peaceful spirit and a sense of wholeness, two principles that rest at the core of a Torah lifestyle.
There is a limited amount of literature on the Kabbalistic methods of meditation, perhaps because some of these practices were considered too difficult or perhaps even dangerous for the uninitiated, and were not meant for the masses. However, research has uncovered enough clues to convince us that some of the most important mainstream Jewish leaders of the past relied on various meditative techniques to advance their spiritual practices. Over time, safer and simpler methods have emerged. Meditation is a balm to the soul, an antidote to anxiety, a channel to the understanding of G‑d’s greatness—and man’s insignificance. At the same time, it also empowers and imbues us with Divine energy.
Read more from Rosenberg-Gottlieb on Judaism and meditation here.