Scientists have discovered a direct link between human selfishness and meditation practices
Recently a study was published which destroys the expectations of many fans of yoga and meditation, to abandon his own “I”, following the basic principles of Buddhism: fundamental to the selfless worldview, and renunciation of individual desires.
At least modern yoga directly contradicts this approach. To the conclusion made by experts from the University of Mannheim in Germany, which found that current techniques of yoga and meditation is really just inflate your own self.
In the experiment, scientists for 15 weeks were assessed feeling of self-improvement supporters of yoga. For this, the researchers have used several criteria. First, they assessed the level of self-esteem of the participants by asking them to answer the question: how much are they worse or better than the average pupils of the group (the comparison with the average standard way of measuring self-improvement.) Second, subjects were asked to fill out questionnaires in which participants were asked to assess how narcissistic tendencies, for example, the phrase “I’m well known for good works” can apply to him. And finally, they asked participants to answer the question: “do they Agree with this statement: “At the moment I have a high self-esteem”.
After an hour of yoga, all participants noted that their higher level of self-improvement on all three counts than in the day when they weren’t training.
The second study, which was attended by 162 people, practicing meditation, and collected through specialized groups in Facebook, has also shown that this type of training has the same effect on the perception of self-improvement, as th yoga.
Participants were asked to evaluate themselves on the basis of such statements: “compared with an average participant in this study I am free from bias”. The results were similar: after an hour of meditation assessment of the level of self-improvement among the participants was higher than in the day when they were not meditating.
The researchers also evaluated the well-being of participants using two criteria: satisfaction with own way of life and their role in it, and satisfaction with independence, personal growth, relations with others, purpose in life and self-perception. They found that the level of well-being increases with higher grade levels of improvement.
According to experts, the obtained results indicate that the Buddhist spiritual practices such as yoga and meditation, can not perform their main tasks.
“The refusal of the “ego” is a key element of the philosophy of yoga and Buddhism. The results and potential consequences require serious rethinking. Moreover, the suppression of his own “ego” is often attributed to the man’s control over his body. We also noticed that the opposite is happening”, say the researchers.
However, there is another point of view. May all the participants of the study did practice meditation and yoga. But they lived in Germany, many supporters of Buddhism noted that the European principles of meditation and yoga differ from conventional, and many Buddhist instructors just different interpretiruya main tasks.
Meditation can indeed be narcissistic, noted Buddhist writer Lewis Richmond.
“Sitting silently with closed eyes or face to the wall, attention focused on the inner breath, your own body and mind, you can call the absorption itself, “he says.
But those who practice meditation with self-centered perspective, most likely, simply selfish people.
The notion that yoga can feed, not only to demand sacrifice and renunciation, is unlikely to be open to those who noticed the loyal followers of yoga in designer clothes. Of course, it is difficult to say how Buddhist teachings affect their “bloated”, “I”. Of course, yoga may not be enough to “provoke” these changes. As is clear by the fact that one psychological study does not negate thousands of years of Buddhist teachings and practices.
If there is no time to go to yoga, but really want to try – there is an option of 10-minute workouts. Load this yoga – 10 minutes, but it should be daily, with no gaps or excuses.