Online Transpersonal Meditation as a Method for Confronting the Pandemic: Traditional Knowledge in Dialogue with Psychology
This paper describes the experience of building a psychological technique based on a dialogue between Traditional Knowledge and psychology. The project, developed through a participatory research method, was carried out from April 2020 to September 2021 in an online environment during the first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil. The technique presented here emerged in an educational context as preparation for students who were part of a training program in Transpersonal Psychology from 2017 to 2019. In the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the process was adapted and expanded for an online approach and opened to the general public on Facebook and Spotify. One goal of this study was to provide the foundation for the refinement of the Transpersonal Meditation Technique (TMT) in ways that might provide for the development of an effective therapeutic tool for mental health professionals. This approach could prove to be most useful during times of widespread crisis where person-to-person contact is restricted.
Keywords: Meditation, Transpersonal Psychology, Transdisciplinary Active Mediation (TAM), pandemic, online interaction