Research

CATALOG | MEDITATION TAXONOMY

A Missing Piece of the Puzzle

There appears to be no publicly available and comprehensive list of flow / meditation practices, although this is most likely a work in progress project in any organizations undergoing research into meditation and optimal experience in general.

Books on Buddhist meditation are readily available, as are books comparing the most well-known meditation types at the most rudimentary level; however, when we broaden the scope of the term meditation to include all optimal experience practices, we can include activities such as sport, creative pursuits including writing, painting, dance and many others.

Statement

A comprehensive catalogue would serve as a starting source of reference, pointing to scientific research, news, books and other related media. This body of information would be ever-changing and expanding as we learn from science and experience.

Why is this research important?

Before we can claim to understand the effects of meditation, conduct experiments with meaningful output and then effectively apply meditation, we must understand the full landscape of meditation types, how they are similar and how they differ.

Procedure

Compile a list of all meditation types, regardless of their religious or cultural ties. For each practice, describe its brief history, affiliation with other practices, method, dimensions (movement vs stillness, sound vs silence, focus on object vs no focus etc.), motivation, purpose, and a compilation of recent references and links to current and reputable scientific research.