Special Issue "Meditation and Spiritual Practice"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2022.
Interests: Meditation; first-person methods; phenomenology; consciousness studies; philosophy of mind; German Idealism; Anthroposophy
The research on meditation and spiritual practice has been growing over the recent years. A central research focus remains the potential benefits to psychological and physical health, but the research topics are also expanding to include for example pro-social effects and challenging meditation experiences. This research is mainly taking place within a context removed from the ones within which meditation was originally conceived and practiced. Common to the traditional approaches to meditation is that they were in some way or another “spiritual”, i.e., connected to personal experience and meaning, transcendence, contemplative insight, liberation/moksha, the sacred, God, gods, etc. This dimension of meditation and spiritual practice has received little attention in research. This Special Issue invites contributions that broaden the scope of research on meditation and related practices to address their spiritual aspect, broadly defined.
This Special Issue is open to all the methods and forms of analysis that are generally included within the scope of Religions, e.g., theology, comparative studies, theoretical/methodological discussions, philosophy/psychology of religion, sociology of religion, religious ethics, etc. (see full list here: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/about). Furthermore, we wish to specifically encourage submissions based on first-person methods, including phenomenology, micro-phenomenology, phenomenological psychology and similar approaches. Such methods are generally underrepresented within the field and can be conceived of as inherently spiritual in that they rely on direct experience.
Examples of topics include
- Meditation experiences;
- Meditation techniques and other techniques of spiritual practice;
- Hindrances in meditation practice;
- The concept of awakening;
- The concept of spirituality in relation to meditation or prayer;
- The notion of stages of progress in meditation/spiritual practice;
- The relationship between community and practice;
- Embodied practices such as Qigong or Neigong.
Dr. Terje Sparby
Manuscript Submission Information
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- meditation challenges
- stages of spiritual experience