For Whom are the Meditations Intended?
30 Minute Meditations on Being Human from the Life and Writings of Viktor Frankl are for those who are “on the go,” professionals whose vocations keep them rather busy on a daily basis. The meditations, then, are for many of my LinkedIn connections. The meditations are not lengthy, detailed, abstract, abstruse articles for academics or scholars.
The meditations on Viktor Frankl take one or two themes from his writings and apply them to some facet about being human or experiencing one’s humanity. Hence, I have written clearly, attempting to make the daily lessons obvious to my readers, and concisely, getting to the point or points I wish to make.
What Does “Meditation” Mean?
Meditating on Frankl’s life and writings refers to taking his teaching about being human and “feeding” on it, thinking about how it relates to a person’s lived experience. He or she “carries” the meditation with him or her throughout the day, allowing it to “nourish” his or her mind, perhaps even to the extent of influencing his or her life, making some kind of meaningful change in it.
Are the Quotes from the Internet?
Now, about my selections of Dr. Frankl’s quotes, I have not taken any of them from the Internet. Rather, they are the result of studying his writings for over 25 years. That is why, at the end of each meditation, I provide the “Source” or “Sources” of his books in my library from which I quote. I have, over the years, literally worn out Frankl’s books by rereading them, after which I buy new editions of the books, while keeping the old ones.
In reading the meditations, my hope is that you will discover, if you have not already done so, a meaning and even ever-new meanings to your life. As Frankl himself writes,
“Human beings are transcending themselves toward meanings which are something other than themselves, which are more than mere expressions of their selves, more than mere projections of these selves. Meanings are discovered but not invented.”
Source: Viktor E. Frankl, The Will of Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy (New York, N.Y.: New American Library, 1969, 1st printing 1970), p. 60. Italics are mine.