PRESENCE MEDITATION AND ITS APPLICATIONS
The basic idea in presence meditation - through concentration, neutrality and choiceless awareness - is not to have any fixed goals in mind but to access the present moment with openness, curiosity and trust. Meditation then allows awareness to expand from the boundaries of the limited self – and move both inward toward the deeper dimensions of the person and outward through one's actual presence in the world.
The fruits of meditation can nourish various life situations, not only the personal and spiritual dimensions. Familiarity with the meditative attitude and its deepening can be a tool also for professionals, for example psychotherapists, doctors, nurses, school teachers, coaches, business executives and artists. Presence meditation has in this perspective for example these four fields of interlinked applications:
1) Essential meditation: one of several tools in self-development and individuation (in the Jungian sense) and on the journey toward higher states of consciousness. The key here is opening to the present moment and its deeper qualities.
2) Clinical meditation: a tool in clinical psychology and medicine, for example as a balancing and anti-stress strategy and working with people suffering from a variety of psychological and physical disorders.
3) Integrative meditation: a tool in psychodynamic therapy where the ability to observe with friendly neutrality has proven its worth, both for the therapist and as a tool the clients can use themselves.
4) Innovative meditation: the meditative clarity, which can be a result of honing the witnessing skills, might open to deeper states of stillness where creative mind seeds can sprout. These seeds can flower into constructive ideas and solutions in scientific research, in business and in the arts.
All these applications are rooted in the training of being more fully present in the here and now.