Mental silence and its associated yogic philosophy may provide a basis for taxonomy of meditation that is practically useful in the delivery of healthcare. An intervention with a specific effect such as Sahaja Yoga meditation has a wide range of applications in medicine, psychology and neuroscience. It is particularly relevant to the growing field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) since meditation represents an important genre of CAM modalities and the apparent therapeutic effects of mental silence that are apparent in this thesis now position this genre of CAMs in a higher category of practical importance to healthcare.

Dr Ramesh Manocha

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Goleman (1996) proposed that meditative styles might be classified into two types, Mindfulness and concentrative, depending on how attention is directed during meditation. Andresen (2000) meanwhile suggested that these two categories might be better understood as two poles on a continuum upon which most other meditative techniques can be positioned. On the other hand, Cahn (2006) acknowledged the limitations of this taxonomy and suggests that a different way of categorising techniques may be according to the underlying experience that the various techniques aim to elicit.

For further reading regarding the taxonomy of meditation, check Dr Ramesh Manocha’s Website.