I just spent the full weekend blissfully immersed in the teachings of Tantra. No, not the sexualized Western idea of Tantra full of unleashed desire, kinky sex, incense, and orgies. I’m talking about original Tantra - the deeply spiritual tradition that draws the Vedic teachings of expanding consciousness and transcending the limits of body and mind into practice.
When we think about different ways of perception and processing, we can split the approaches into 2 categories - Linear and Lateral. Both are very important components of how we process information, problem solve, and create. Linear thinking is related to our left brain functioning, and lateral thinking is related to our right brain.
In today’s culture, we place a very heavy emphasis on linear thinking. This throws us off balance, and leaves us both disconnected and wanting for the creative and novel lateral approach. Meditation is an incredible practice for bringing us back in touch with the right brain, lateral thinking.