Dr. Spira - do you find the zazen techniques better for prepared sufferers of schizophrenia because it is done with eyes partly open (as I was instructed, anyways)? Could you elaborate a little on the differences between zen and other silent meditation?
When I first started meditating (teen aged years) I sometimes experienced vivid hallucinations (as was the case when I was about seven years old and not meditating). An instructor introduced me to zazen with eyes partly open which halted the meditation-hallucinations entirely, and I happily practiced it for a number of years.
I think you're right about movement meditation for some people. I often accompanied bi-polar clients to the local playground where I joined them in 'swing set meditation'. It seemed very useful for the small number of clients I had in that 'category' - I'd appreciate any response you might have to this idea as well.
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