I think you will find this interesting. TED Talk Joshua Klein
Yes, I have corrected my prejudice, that meditation equals woo-woo. The experience itself obviously is not woo-woo, only people thus predisposed interpret it as woo-woo.
Personally, my favorite technique is Jacobson's progressive muscle relaxation. It has a special appeal for rational people, because it is an active sequence of tensing and relaxing, where every step is a conscious decision.
Spiritual Atheism ? We emanate from the earth and to the earth we return. Here's an explanation I like from a recognisable young woman.
My woo-woo meter is glowing red and the alarm bells are r-i-n-g-i-n-g.
W-a-a-a-a-y too complicated.
You feel happy. That's good. But that's all it is; a momentary feeling of happiness. Now ... move on.
But, we each have our predispositions, whether or not we understand why. Maybe it’s an evolutionary thing of natural selection, and somebody in the future will observe which has survived.
I see projection as one of the big problems, why people have problems with each other. I do not mean projection in the limited sense of seeing the own faults only in others. I mean projection as the tendency to always think, that others are like oneself. The more people are average, the more they fall into this trap of norm-centrism.
Being different helps to avoid projecting. I accept to be different.
This discussion has corrected my previous prejudice of connecting meditation with woo-woo. But it is like with your tomatoes and cucumbers. Meditation is beneficial only for some people, they discover it and they do it. There is no need in my brain for it, I am fine without it. Attempts to explain something to me based upon the projection, that I should be wired to experience what they experience leads nowhere except to me being suspected to be a troll.
note that I made no suggestion whatsoever for what YOU should do.
That is, what I appreciated. I liked your metaphor of the tomatoes and cucumbers.
I can't keep up with the order of this tread....
Focusing on the breath coming out of the nose onto the top lip
Holding your hand with a finger on each eye and calming the eyes by stroking forwards
Curling the tongue back to touch the back of the throat
I usually only meditate if I'm feeling lonely at night or can't sleep - and I use it to get to sleep, calm myself from anxiety or feel more light and happy - I use the top one - I find the others hard work.