Marcus Aurelius and Bean-Sprouts

Why is it that meditation has such negative connotations in the West? When I told my neighbour at a Sunday lunch that I was going on a 7 day silent meditation retreat, he erupted and said it should be in the same box as Chiropody and Morris dancing. Furious, he couldn’t understand why on earth I would want to go on such a thing. On pressing him, I established that he had never tried meditation himself. So even before I set off, I was interested to understand why it produces such strong reactions in people, many of whom, like him, are speaking solely on the basis of invincible ignorance.

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