A Preliminary Study of Long-Term Meditators: Goals, Effects, Religious Orientation, Cognitions

by Deane H. Shapiro, Jr., Ph.D.

Editor’s note (JTP):
Meditation, often the primary teaching method in spiritual practice, is attempted by innumerable students. It is generally believed, however, that it is most meaningful when pursued as a long-term practice. To investigate this assumption, Deane Shapiro, Jr. found and studied twenty-seven meditators with over four years average meditation experience. His research shows significant shifts along a continuum measuring the meditator’s reports of self-regulation, self-exploration and self-liberation.

(1992) A preliminary investigation of long-term meditators: Goals, effects, religious orientation, cognitions: Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 24,1,23-39.

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