Is it OK to meditate? I’m in no way talking about trying to do yoga, Hinduism, or any sort of eastern and New Age spirituality. Nor am I trying to do any sort of prayer. (such as meditating on the mysteries of the rosary)
I’m asking about meditation for the supposed physical and mental benefits people say it has. For example. I have a problem with discipline, and people say that by meditating (sitting down, hands in lap, eyes closed and focusing on your breath, and not thinking of anything else) for 5 to 10 minutes is an exercise to keep your mind focused, have better attention, as well as more self control, and reducing stress.
From a scientific standpoint, that all sounds reasonable. Our brains rewire themselves when we learn, or when we repeat tasks. So it seems like meditating in that aspect could be good for you.
Yet I am confused, because when I think of “meditation” I think of weird New Age stuff. I tried doing research, and when it comes to the Catholic position on “meditation” yet all I can find is stuff on avoiding Eastern spirituality, or something like “meditating on the mysteries of the rosary” I can’t find any information on the Catholic stance on just straight up meditation.
So what is the deal about meditation? Yay or Nay? Is it a good healthy thing that we should do? Or is it Satanic deception that will lead us into the occult?