We cover only open techniques in detail for the following reasons
Out of Respect for Traditions
The Traditions section of this website gives a brief overview from history of some older practices that evoke the Relaxation Response.
Sometimes the direct purpose of the traditional practice may not have been to evoke the Relaxation Response. The older practice may instead be linked to a certain belief system. We support giving respect to these belief systems. And some of these traditions may hold a belief that their practices reveal truths that are beyond science. Both out of respect for these traditions and because our focus is mainly on science, we cover in detail only techniques that are not directly linked to traditions.
Also, if people have a tradition they like that evokes the Relaxation Response, there are usually many documents already for that tradition. If people practice their tradition, then the Relaxation Response should be built-in. People will then get the health benefits of the Relaxation Response while they practice their tradition.
To Fully Use Science and the Scientific Method
To Bring the Benefits of the Relaxation Response to More People
- Open techniques should not conflict with someones own tradition or belief system (unless that belief system includes a distrust of the findings of science)
- Open techniques may lead to increased health benefits
- It is easier to publicly review open techniques