Meditation is common across many religious groups in the US (SAMPLE ARTICLE)

Social Sciences

Date: April 5, 2017

Source: Science Daily

Meditation is Common Across Many Religious Groups in the US

A survey among Americans in 2018 by Pew Research Center show that the practice of meditation can be found among many religious across across the country. Americans tend to say they meditate regularly (40% do so at least weekly) or rarely, if at all (45% seldom or never do). There’s not much middle ground – only 8% say they meditate once or twice a month and only 4% say they do so several times a year. But these figures vary widely among different U.S. religious groups.

At the same time, many Christians, including 49% of evangelical Protestants, 40% of Catholics and 55% of members of the historically black Protestant tradition also say they meditate once a week or more, according to the Religious Landscape Study. Among some smaller Christian groups, the share of self-described meditators is somewhat higher. Six-in-ten Mormons and 77% of Jehovah’s Witnesses say they meditate at least once per week. Both Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged by their churches to meditate.