Do you want to enjoy life?
- Is your mind ticking so frantically it feels impossible to live in the moment?
- Do you struggle with stress, depression, fatigue, anxiety or insomnia?
- Are you stuck in the same old repetitive thoughts and stories?
- Do you want to discover your real purpose and potential?
- Does your life lack meaning, purpose or direction?
- Are you overwhelmed with problems?
If you feel all or any of it, then meditation is for you.
What is meditation?
Quieten the mind. Slow down your breath. Awaken your chakras. A large majority of people don’t have the slightest idea how to meditate. Even most of meditation methods just scratch the surface – dim lights, quiet, candle-lit room, light ‘new age’ music playing in the background, focus on connecting your sit bones with the planet earth, visualize a sea beach – is exerting just to relax and is nowhere close to the actual meditation! Problem is that not many people have had such an experience or even know how to meditate.
Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices (much like the term sports) that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (Qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration single-pointed analysis, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.
Meditation is a process of gaining balance. In the beginning, the mind is untrained; it jumps from limb to limb, distracted and without focus. Balance in meditation helps to develop a mind that neither clings nor repels, is not attached, nor does the mind condemn.
How to Meditate
Whatever Gross Object is chosen for meditation (visualized images, sensation, breath, energy, mantra, or attitudes, etc.), the process moves inward through stages. All methods of meditation, of all schools, traditions, teachers, lineages, religions, or paths are experienced in one or more of the stages of a universal framework for deepening meditation. Here are some examples of meditation techniques:
- Basic Meditation Techniques: This involves sitting in a comfortable position and just trying to quiet your mind by focusing on something, thinking of nothing else. It’s not always easy to do this if you don’t have practice. A good way to begin is to think of yourself as an ‘observer of your thoughts,’ just noticing what the narrative voice in your head says, but not engaging it. As thoughts materialize in your mind, just let them go. That’s the basic idea.
- Focused Meditation Techniques: With this technique, you focus on something intently, but don’t engage your thoughts about it. You can focus on something visual, like a statue; something auditory, like a metronome or tape of ocean waves; something constant, like your own breathing; or a simple concept, like ‘unconditional compassion’. Some people find it easier to do this than to focus on nothing, but the idea is the same — staying in the present moment and circumventing the constant stream of commentary from your conscious mind.
- Activity-Oriented Meditation Techniques: With this type of meditation, you engage in a repetitive activity, or one where you can get ‘in the zone’ and experience ‘flow.’ Again, this quietens the mind, and allows your brain to shift. Activities like gardening, creating artwork, or practising yoga postures can all be effective forms of meditation.
- Mindfulness Techniques: Mindfulness can be a form of meditation that, like activity-oriented meditation, doesn’t really look like meditation. It simply involved staying in the present moment rather than thinking about the future or the past. Focusing on sensations you feel in your body is one way to stay ‘in the now;’ focusing on emotions and where you feel them in your body (not examining why you feel them, but just experiencing them as sensations) is another.
- Spiritual Meditating: Meditation can also be a spiritual practice. (It does not have to be, and certainly isn’t specific to any one religion, but can be used as a spiritual experience.) Many people experience meditation as a form of prayer — the form where God ‘speaks,’ rather than just listening. Many people experience ‘guidance’ or inner wisdom once the mind is quiet, and meditate for this purpose. You can meditate on a singular question until an answer comes (though some would say this is engaging your thinking mind too much), or meditate to clear their mind and accept whatever comes that day.
- Whichever meditative techniques you use, the potential benefits are clear and numerous, making it one of the more commonly recommended stress management practices.
More about Meditation
There are numerous gross level objects on which one can concentrate for meditation. These can be seen as preliminary preparation for the subtler practices.
- Physical sensation
- Purity of mind
- Thought streams
- Subtle senses
- Anything pleasing
Subtle objects are either the building blocks of the gross objects, or are the mental instruments of cognition. For example, all of the objects with shape and form are built of earth, water, fire, air, and space.
- Elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space
- The subtle energy flows of the vayus and pranas
- The subtle senses (indriyas) are objects of meditation
- The four functions of mind, as objects of meditation
- The subtler essence of mantra, beyond the syllables
When attention goes beyond the gross and subtle levels of meditation, these recede into the background, as one is aware of the underlying bliss, a reality far subtler than mere emotion. There is simplicity, and the multiplicity has been replaced by the awareness of bliss (ananda).
Beyond all three of the above levels, there is meditation on I-ness itself. This is not an ego level, along with the many personality traits, wants, wishes, images, or forms. Rather, it is meditation on individuality itself, untainted by all of those more surface level experiences. Though very deep, it has a simplicity in that it is a single I-ness, rather than a diversity of choices of gross or subtle objects.
All of the four stages above have an object on which attention is focused. Beyond all of these levels comes objectless attention, which is without support. It is not merely empty-mindedness, but as a vast stillness that is indescribable to the typical level of waking state mind.
Focal point of meditation
It is common for one to ask a meditator, “What type of meditation do you do?” Usually, it is the Object on which one focuses attention that determines the answer to the question. Following are some of the examples:
- Sensation experience
- Visualized image
- Stream of thoughts
Some methods of meditation are only methods of relaxation, and do not really pursue the depths of practice that lead to higher, truer states of consciousness or being. Still others emphasize only the surface meditation objects as part of religious worship, not pursuing the esoteric depth of the practices. While these surface practices might be very useful, they are early stages from the perspective of the whole of the meditative process.
As an example, meditation on the mechanical aspects of breath may be the basis for a system of meditation. This can be extremely relaxing and may bring some peace of mind, as well as improved physical health. Yet, if the practice is limited to the Gross breath alone, the higher aspects will be missed. Beyond the Gross breath is the energy (prana) that is behind the breath, as well as many levels of mental process, the instruments of mind itself, and the Subtler aspects that define our individuality. Beyond that is the true Self, the direct experience of which is called Self-realization, or other names.
The same kind of Gross versus Subtle meditation also applies with the Gross levels of all objects of meditation, attitudes, and all forms of visualized images. Each of these surface level practice are useful in their Gross forms, and each can be followed to their Subtler sources, but only if the meditator is aware of the process of meditation. The deeper stages can be viewed as the various levels one moves through on the inner journey.
- Reduces stress
- Brings peace of mind, clarity, focus
- Calms the body
- Strengthens immune system
- Helps overcome all suffering – physical or otherwise
- Brain growth
- Forms better sleep patterns
- Helps to manage emotions effectively
- Gives you greater self acceptance & happiness
- Allows you to live more in the moment
- Teaches you to respond rather than react
- Empowering – you have a choice of how you wish to be on a moment-to-moment basis
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Most people’s minds are going non-stop and their mind is either in the past or the future-meaning they rarely experience the beauty of the present moment. The mind and body are connected so when the mind is stressed, the body is stressed. This has a negative impact on a person’s well-being and quality of life.
Simply Present Meditation is an easy, gentle, effective approach to training the mind in being present and calm, letting go of stress, and living life with mindfulness and joy. The good news is anyone can do – all that is required is the willingness.
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