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On Meditation, Spirituality, and Howard Stern

Howard Stern

I've commented on some blogs (as well as mentioning it here) that I approach meditation as a physical/mental exercise rather than a spiritual one, and it led me to think about spirituality and about what I'm missing.

I do believe that a spiritual background could make it easier to meditate, but is it really necessary?

None other than Howard Stern is actually a big fan of meditation. It's something he's been doing before each show for many years, since his first radio job. But like me, he feels no connection to the spiritual side of meditation.

So, am I missing something here?

Or is spiritual meditation just another path to the same place we all reach through meditation?

Or is there a third option: Am I, by meditating and getting the peace I need to distance myself from myself actually practicing the spiritual meditation? In other words, if I get to where I need to go, does it mean I'm having a spiritual experience (even as I distance myself from that word)?


I personally think the main reasons to meditate are to quiet the mind and gain awareness of one's innermost self. I suppose I've always considered it a spiritual experience because one is carving out the time to join body and mind together.

But spiritual can just mean allowing your own spirit some freedom to breathe. You've got me thinking we over use what we consider spiritual.
Smarts, I think you're right. Maybe I've allowed people to hijack the word Spiritual even though I actually agree with its meaning. Spending time decorating a Christmas tree with the family (or even going to see an Adam Sandler movie on Christmas Day with the kids) is not less spiritual than a solstice yoga retreat, as long as a person is aware of his actions and his feelings, and of the feelings of those around him. Well, an Adam-Sandler-related example is probably pushing it a little too far.