I have long thought the reason Blavatsky did not (publicly) advise people to meditate was demographic: her audience was mainly the ‘leasurely class’. That is: people whose main occupation in life was going to each other’s teas, dressing up, reading, playing music etc. Some of those people used their energies for good – but the majority did not really have all that much to do.
In those circumstances meditation (especially without a proper teacher) is not a good idea. After all – these people were accustomed to being passive.
In our time one of the greatest danger to public health, among the educated at least, seems to be the opposite: stress and overwork. No wonder meditation is hailed as the next best thing for our health.
Not only are people continually busy – when we aren’t, modern machinery makes us stimulate our senses all day long as well. Music, tv, computer games, e-mail and twitter… What natural silence our lives may have had has long since been submerged.
So let’s hear it for taking a break every once in a while. Just sitting still without turning on the radio or some cd. Just sitting back to ponder. Just letting our brain relax for a minute. Whether you call it meditation or simply resting – it is obviously good for you. And it will help you sleep better as well.