Being labelled as generic is lame. Why would you want to act like a generic in your meditation practice?
How to meditate and how to get the most out of your practice is always a hotly disputed topic.
Every teacher and practitioner has an opinion. Sharing your experience you had during your sitting is very important. Sharing helps transform the benefits you’ve received into your day/week.
The “Profound” realizations you attain, which are many, can become rationalized and therefore can be attained in reality.
Don’t boast about the capabilities or staying power for the length of time you can sit on the cushion. Boast about how your practice develops the outlook on the world you live.
“What is the best technique to use in meditation?”
The answer to this question is;
“Whatever works for you!”
There is an ocean of resources available. Attend classes, seek advice from friends and share advice with friends, read books, download eBooks, listen to online videos, search the internet but always study.
No two sittings are the same. Learning new techniques and harvesting tips keep you moving in a positive direction alongside your practice.
Try as many as possible composed guided meditations and never stop exploring and gaining insight and new prospective thus enhancing your practice.
People genuinely don’t know how to meditate; “That’s ok!”
Someone won’t learn/understand how to meditate and be mindful if they have never been schooled.
This is certain; study is important but until you actually take a seat and experience meditation- how will you know?
“Meditation is called an exercise technique because: It takes work!
It’s called a meditation practice because: You have to practice!”
5 less common ways to meditate
Any conventional taught method can also be used with your eyes open and your gaze placed on a fixed spot. There are many experienced meditation technicians who actually prefer this method. There is whole tradition based upon the fixed gazing called Trataka. This can be a very intense and beautiful experience.
“With your eyes open; Gain awareness of your thoughts and lay your focus on tracing the flow of the breath. Maintain your posture, allow yourself to be still and fix your vision to a specific spot. Remain disciplined with your breath work and keep a fix yet relaxed view with your gaze.”
Any guided meditation can be used in this way. The intention is to stand sturdy and with purpose while you maintain the intent with complete stillness to gauge your emotions and thoughts and feelings become noticeable. Standing is often used in Yoga as the sequence begins more often than you will find your self-relaxing standing tall in MountainPose/Tadasana/Samasdithi.
Practicing standing meditation is a great way to gain full alignment of your Chakra’s. Good Chakra alignment encourages a better flow of energy hence a more purposeful meditation practice.
“Stand as still as you can, in an upright position with a sincere sturdiness and focus. Gently close your eyes. The first intention is to gain awareness of your body and how you are rooted to the earth. Allow yourself to feel deeply into your body noticing whatever it is you are feeling good or bad and letting be. Now slowly allow your focus to move to the breath.”
While reading this; Try aligning your spine as straight as you possibly can. See if you notice a shift in your presence or mood.
Walking meditation is very “Zen!”
Very similar to Tai Chi in the aspect of watching/connecting energy flow (Qi) the difference being there is no poses to learn. You can walk in any space. Set yourself the intention of engaging in walking meditation for (x) time.
The discipline is changeable.
Walk at an extremely slow, rhythmical pace connecting with your body on a very deep, inter-personal level.
While on a walk through the woodlands dedicate a period to be in silence to witness as much of the surrounding area as possible. Maintaining discipline of your thoughts and breath and regularly recording a mindful check in of your thoughts and emotions.
In The Shower
Combine the standing and walking meditation technique while cleansing in the shower. Remaining true to your meditation discipline you can meditate anywhere especially with having a soak!
Accepting how you feel and promoting a healthy mind-set in a relaxing fashion. The best and most effective and simplest tool is the mindfulness of breathing exercise. Mindful breathing really simplifies meditation and can be used alongside most other guided meditations.
TO LEAD MINDFULNESS OF BREATHING
“Tracing the breath with awareness. From the tip of your nose, to the top of your nose, travelling to the back of your throat and channelling through the windpipe; filling your lungs with awareness. Then follow the flow in the opposite direction.”
People genuinely don’t like guided meditation CD’s. So, after a stressful day at work you arrive home. Still yourself, get comfy and listen to some music you love. Give yourself permission to relax and dedicate time to be purely on your own. Through dedicating this time it is also important to free yourself from all other distractions so turn off the telephone and send the family away. MEDITATION IS A TIME FOR YOU. To gain control and happiness, let go of ALL your thoughts, desensitize and return to you.
On the other hand roll out your sub-woofers alongside some heavy, bassline music. Release energy from your whole Being. Scream like a Banshee, throw your hands in the air without consideration, and stir all limbs connecting movement, music and energy with solely a positive ambition: to gain a meditative release to bring you to present in the here and now!
“Yes Guru’s, Monks and Enlightened Ones- it’s Ray-Von!”
Meditation can be used anywhere.
Explore your practice.
Keep an open mind and be willing to learn new techniques.
Maintain a commitment to researching new methods and teachers but most importantly maintain the discipline to engage in your practice.
Take a break and connect with the medicine of Meditation.
Train the Dog inside
“SIT, STAY & HEAL”
x Will x