A rather sad reality until today Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan is already mentioning in his book on JEWISH MEDITATION:
Many Jews who know nothing about their own religion think that Judaism is only boring and not spiritual at all. The amount of laws and Mitzvot appear to be scary and unnecessary. Especially today, people are searching for spirituality and think that only Far Eastern religions such as the idol – worship Buddhism is able to satisfy their spiritual hunger. Instead of looking deeper into Judaism, secular Jews rather concentrate on other religions.
The Orthodox Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan is very famous for his spiritual and kabbalistic books. Literature I can only recommend. Rabbi Kaplan was one of the first Orthodox Rabbis writing about Jewish meditation. I am stressing JEWISH because there are various kinds of meditation. Jews not learning the Jewish way of meditation could get lost in Eastern religion, Christendom or Islam practices.
First, one has to learn the Jewish way of meditation and you don’t even have to finish reading Aryeh Kaplan’s great meditation guide. Already after reading the first twenty pages or so, you get lots of helpful information and are able to try out your first meditation. I am not such a spiritual person who wants to “fly” but while sitting on my balcony and reading about the first meditation practice, I started trying it out. It even worked out for me and, as I said, I am not that type at all. 🙂
Jewish Meditation is a great guide and has nothing to do with flaky Madonna and the Kabbalah Center.