techniques - guided meditation - benefits of meditation
of meditation technique - guided meditation
we talk of meditation techniques available... the only thought that comes to mind
is attending guided meditation classes in a meditation retreat which is quite
common in the West. Truthfully speaking there is no fixed technique for meditation.
One can do meditation in any posture comfortable to one... either sitting, standing
or lying down.
Before we talk
further of meditation techniques... we need to understand the meaning
of meditation in totality... the history of meditation... from where
did meditation originate... the definition of meditation as it should
be and not as described in various dictionaries and encyclopedias!
in Hindi means yoga. In simpler words Yoga stands for the process
of synthesizing between the two. Ever since our soul atman separated
from its original source, God Almighty himself... the effort of
our soul atman to unite with supreme atman... the Parmatman himself
(God Almighty) is termed yoga nee meditation.
biggest benefit of meditation is that we might not be a traveler of the path of
spirituality yet; undergoing meditation has its benefits. As ordained by God Almighty
the essence of life is removing the clutter from within. Every second thousands
of thought pass through our brain... totally unwarranted and uncalled for!
flow of thoughts to our brain is incessant... we cannot voluntarily block the
flow of thoughts to our brain! By the right meditation technique... by following
different practices of meditation one can streamline the flow of thoughts to our
brain... altogether block the flow of thoughts so much so that not a single thought
enters our brain involuntarily or unknowingly.
a beginner on the path of meditation the first thought that comes to mind is sitting
in the dark corner of a dimly lit room and concentrating on the center of a bulb.
Is that what all meditation is all about... is this how we shall curtail the flow
of thoughts to our brain. I have personally observed people sitting in silence
not for hrs. days or months but years... never gaining anything out of it.
we understand the true crux of life... the power of meditation... we simply need
concentrating on all the available means to stop the flow of incessant thoughts
to our brain. The foremost of all meditation techniques is the path of breathing...
pranayama! By gradually controlling the breathing process one can easily reach
higher levels of meditation.
is pranayama? By the process of pranayama human beings try to reach the source
of consciousness within our heart that needs fresh oxygen for its survival.
We breathe in and breathe out... and in the process lay the seeds of meditation!
Pranayama can be conducted in the sitting posture or while standing... even walking!
following the rhythm of 3-5 or 5-8... meaning three steps to inhale and five steps
to exhale and similarly five steps to inhale and eight steps to exhale... human
beings can develop a rhythm in life... a yogic posture... an art of meditation
that would reap enormous benefits for the individual. Those who claim that pranayama
can only be conducted in the sitting posture are wrong.
in system of God is inflexible... yet the whole process is disciplined! By proper
practice of meditation yoga human beings can ultimately reach source of inhaling...
wherein our soul atman, the spirit within resides! The moment this happens...
human beings reach the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... the stage of nothingness
when not a single stray thought passes through our brain.
proper meditation we neither need a cushion, chair, and a stool nor bench... what
we need is a proper sitting arrangement... a seat... a proper mat! Meditation
yoga can be conducted anywhere as comfortable to one. A soothing audio music definitely
helps... and so do comfortable meditation clothing. Anything that is comfortable
to the body can be worn.
indulgence in meditation one need not go to a meditation retreats... a meditation
sojourn! One can do meditation in the confines of nature... in our garden... by
the riverside... a flowing brook... or surrounded by chirping birds. As nearer
we are to nature... the better! The best meditation technique in vogue is indulgence
in early morning hours... even while walking or jogging!
who create proper meditation centres... meditation retreats never truly understand
the meaning of meditation. Meditation is not all about gaining anything...
true meditation is discarding the improper flow of thoughts to our brain... removing
the clutter from our thinking process even while breathing rhythmically in a sequence!
proper meditation technique is very relaxing... be it pranayama... or a relaxed
walking or jogging! For a serious seeker of spirituality meditation is all about
following the path of Neti (not this, not this) as preached and advocated by Maharishi
Ramana... one who realized God in his lifetime... one of the two persons who gained
enlightenment in the last about 150 years!
the initial stages of meditation... children need to be guided! One might not
understand truly the meaning of meditation yoga! As one proceeds ahead in the
journey of life... even while in office... when playing a game... when relaxing
in the courtyard... one can commit to meditation yoga... the proper breathing
process that lands one directly in the abode of God.
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized
God in 1993 explains the concept of guided meditation technique. For more on Meditation
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