Learn and Practice One of These Two Meditation Techniques and You Will Easily Experience Deep States of Meditation and Bliss
Whether you are looking to deepen your meditation, attain self realization or you just simply want to experience more peace and bliss in your life, then learning one of these two meditation techniques is a must. These meditations come down to focus your thought energy.
Active meditation techniques based on focusing your thought energy – These techniques are active meditation techniques; they are something you do, something you focus on. This type of technique is needed so you can start to focus your mind. In focusing your mind, awareness begins to grow and the subtle energy – also known as Shakti – begins to be activated in your body. Once this energy becomes awakened and starts to flow, it manifests itself as peace and bliss.
Here are two methods for this active meditation technique.
A. Picture the source of your projection outside of you – The first method is for those that have a Guru, or feel drawn to a Guru alive or dead. Some people reading this already are getting nervous because I mentioned the word “guru,” but don’t be alarmed, an alternative technique is coming right after I explain this one. So if you have a guru or God or simply feel drawn to a guru or God, it could be Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishina, Dalai Lama, or even the name of a God or religious saint, like Jesus or Buddha, simply silently repeat their name and silently add “please give me your peace.”
If you like, you can use your breath, so for an example on the inhale you silently say “Buddha” and on the exhale you say “please give me your peace.” Or you can simply repeat it without using the breath as a reference. Some people find it hard to concentrate on a mantra like this without getting caught up in other thoughts. In this case, repeating the mantra with each breath can be helpful.
B. Picture ‘I am’ as the source of your projection – When repeating the names of a Guru, God or saint makes you feel uncomfortable, then for you, this meditation technique is better: Silently repeat the words “I am.” Again you can repeat “I am” with every breath as explained above, or you can repeat it without using the breath as a reference.
But as you repeat “I am” focus on the feeling of “I am.” Focus on the feeling of being in this moment beyond thinking. Not “I am John” or “I am a person” but the impersonal feeling of “I am.”
Somewhere along the line you will feel a sense of peace starting to grow – If you practice either one of these meditation techniques, you will begin to feel a sense of peace. Perhaps at first, you will experience feeling peaceful. But as it deepens, you will experience that you are peace itself. And this peace will grow and expand and radiate.
Start doing your meditation with everything you do – You can practice either one of these techniques in sitting meditation, where you are doing nothing else but focusing on one of these techniques, but you can also practice it while doing other things like driving, walking, washing the dishes.
Be mindful to the thoughts and feelings that arise – Now as you practice one of these techniques, lots of thoughts are going to arise. Try not to be distracted by other thoughts. Do not try to control the thoughts in any way, simply allow them to arise and let them go, keeping your attention on your mantra that you are repeating or even the peace that you feel while doing the mantra.
The goal is to focus on your thought / feeling energy – This is most important. Because the mind is not used to being so focused on something. It rather wants to be lost in thinking about what you have to do later on today, what you saw on television last night or even what happened 20 years ago. Being focused in this moment with a mantra is its undoing. So it is important to acknowledge this, to be aware of the restless mind and its urge to be distracted from this moment. Do not try and stop the mind, but just accept it, allow the thoughts to come and let them go.
Growing your thought / feeling energy creates peace or bliss – Simply by practicing one of these techniques, this experience of subtle energy, call it Shakti, or peace or bliss will grow and intensify. And as you advance in meditation, you the mantra will no longer be needed and you can simply let the bliss take over, letting your attention rest in that. And this will lead you to self realization.
Shakti is also referred to as subtle energy – It is the peace and bliss itself. And although you will awaken this Shakti using one of these techniques, it will be slow going if you practice it on your own.
Ways to speed up the process – Usually, if you are serious about meditation or self realization, you would sit with a fully enlightened teacher on a regular basis. Because just by sitting with such a Guru, this Shakti would be awakened in you and your meditation and bliss would expand very quickly. Much faster than by trying to do it on you own. Trying to do it on your own can be quite frustrating.
Yet another way to experience this same Shakti is by listening to some very unique meditation music with contains this Shakti. So simply by listening to the music Shakti is awakened in you and your meditation, and bliss expands quite effortlessly and quickly. Have a listen to the free samples by visiting the Self Realization Meditation CD Website.