Meditation Techniques 101 – To Harvest the Best from Life
Our modern day world is literally an attack on our senses. With so much to hear, see, smell, touch and taste, and with the break-neck pace of our routines, we often are so lost in ourselves that we forget our existence. Yes, it is a contradiction, but a fact nonetheless. The immense potential that our minds are capable of is weaned away by the day, simply because we cannot give it rest. Science has proven that our minds do not relax even we are asleep! This is why we hear so many people ‘burning-out’, reaching the limits of their creativity even before they are mid-way through life!
Our minds are forever buzzing with thoughts and are used to not being at rest. It is difficult to have a moment when we are just blank! The point when you are able to will your mind to be blank, even if for one second, is when you actually begin to relax it. And a relaxed mind is able to accomplish much more than what you would have ever imagined for yourself. Apart from various material successes, you start become one with the supreme divinity, as spiritual energy begins to flow freely through your unclogged mind.
Training the mind to rest can be a daunting task but can be achieved through consistent meditative practices. A few among these are mentioned below, which are beneficial for starters as well as advanced practitioners in search of spiritual nirvana.
We are all aware of breathing, aren’t we! It is the most vital of our involuntary actions. But are we really conscious of it? A breath is a life-force, and what better way is there to start meditation than through focusing your attention on this life force!
Select a time and place where you won’t be distracted. You can sit upright with your back straight and legs folded, or you can lie flat on your back. Close your eyes and inhale slowly through your nose. Then gradually exhale. Listen to your placid breathing pattern and focus only on the sound of your breath going in and out. Initially, you will get distracted by intruding thoughts that will take your focus away from the breathing. When this happens, simply refocus your attention on your breathing and continue. Start with a goal to keep your complete focus on your breath only for ten seconds at first, and then gradually increase to twenty, and so on. Do not get frustrated with yourself if you can’t focus for long periods at first! When you can do this for 15-20 minutes a day, you will notice amazing positive changes to the way you go about your daily interaction with the world.
The science of sound is an established field of research, Each sound has a unique vibration that impacts both the mental and physical aspects of the body and can alter matter considerably. In meditation, a particular sound or a collection of sounds is termed a ‘mantra’. Traditional methods of mantra meditation use the sound strings of “aum”, “oo”, or “ahh”. These are considered to be powerful primal sounds whose vibrations work to enrich the spirit and impact the organs of the body.
For meditation with a mantra, sit comfortably in a quiet room and settle into silence. Inhale slowly and deeply. As you exhale, speak out the mantra in slow, deliberate syllables, extending the last consonant till your breath allows. Inhale again and repeat. In psychological terms, this is called ‘toning’ and is known to improve the brain’s efficiency.
The Chakra meditation is an advanced meditation technique that has far reaching effects on the mind. Chakras refer to the seven spiritual energy centers located in the human body. Each chakra corresponds to a gland in the body’s endocrine system. The use of a mantra as you meditate on your chakras, can enhance the positive effects of this technique. Once the chakras are activated, a channel of divine energy opens up, and a powerful spiritual energy begins to flow through your body. This method can take you on your path to spiritual enlightenment.
Find a quiet location, sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and absorb the silence. Gently focus your attention to the base of your spine. This is said to be the location of your root chakra. With your consciousness directed to the spot, recite the mantra, “aum!”. Continue repeating it while focused on the same spot. After a while, you should feel a warm sensation at the base of your spine. When this chakra is activated, the energy flowing through is believed to create a sense of stability, security and an enhanced instinct for survival.
Slowly begin to shift your attention upwards to your sacral chakra, located at your navel. Inhale deeply and exhale with “aum”. Feel the flow of energy from the root to the navel. Repeat until you feel the warm energy at the naval area. The energy here strengthens your passion and creativity.
From here, move gradually to the next chakra, located at your solar plexus. This chakra is responsible for personal power, strength, and determination.
Next, is your heart chakra located in the center of your chest. Meditate here with thoughts of unconditional love for all beings.
Move upwards from here to your throat, where the next chakra is located. Activation of this chakra enhances your ability to communicate with the material and spirit world.
The next chakra is your third eye, located between your eyebrows. Saying “aum” while focusing here can create a buzzing sensation on this spot. When you master the use of this chakra, it is said that you will open the door to infinite intelligence and enhanced intuition.
The final chakra is the crown, located on top of your head. This is where you feel your divine connection to the Supreme Being and all other living beings. You may also experience divine and pure consciousness.
When all of your chakras are activated, you become aligned with the divine and have the ability to reach into heightened dimensions of existence. These translate to clarity in thoughts, feelings and actions.
The above mentioned techniques are just a drop in the vast ocean of knowledge that exists in this realm of meditative techniques. Based on what you want to achieve, you can dive into these and discover spiritual riches that will enrich your life.
Count Marco is a qualified Reiki Practitioner (The Gnostic Centre – Leeds) and uses such techniques to enhance all his psychic readings.