Meditation is a great way to keep the mind and spirit healthy and in tune, as well as to gain focus and discipline in one’s daily life.
It is great for good memory and maintaining a young and happy heart.
There are many types of ways to meditate.
In this article I will share my favorite way to meditate which I learned from my teachers at the Sri Chinmoy Meditate Center.
Third Eye Meditation.
Also known as Open eye meditation, it is a great way to fuse the external sensory world with the inner spaces.
During open eye meditation, you lightly focus your gaze on a natural object like a flower or candle, you could even use the picture of your personal guru or one that you admire. The object is meant to help you pass through material realms and enter the subtle world; the inner realms.
- Natural object (flower, flame, etc)
- Mantras, affirmations, meditation music, guided meditation
Crystals are a great tool to use in meditation, do some reading about different stones and try to find one that matches your intentions, use this stone by keeping it in your palm, as a pendant around your neck or even seated somewhere close to you during your meditation. Remember to cleanse your crystals often by using any of the following methods:Cleansing your crystals is vital to make sure they work optimally.
(Depending on the type and or texture of your crystal, some cleansing methods are better for certain stones.)
- Candle flame: Run the crystal atop the flame a few times till you feel the stone is lighter in weight.
- Running water: Place the crystal under running water for a few moments while reciting an affirmation like “you are cleansed and light, you are cleansed and light.”
- Soil: Dig a small hole in the soil and place your crystal in there for a day then clean them off using water.
- Moonlight: Place your stone(s) in direct moonlight for a few hours throughout the night.
- Sunlight: Place your stone(s) in the sun for a few hours.
- Smoke: run your crystal against some smoke from your incense while reciting a mantra.
- Cleansing/programming meditation: Have your crystals in hand while imagining the process of what you need, for example, if you are having an interview that you are nervous about, you can program the stone with images of confidence, success and, clear-mindedness.
Keep a timer nearby and have it set for the duration you have chosen for your meditation.
Get into a comfortable, seated position, on the floor (you could sit on a cushion or on a special meditation floor stool) or on a chair. Make sure to maintain a good posture by keeping your back straight and making sure you are comfortable.
Say the Aum mantra three times and begin.
Clear your mind of any distractions by imagining your mind as a clear blue sky, whenever a bird appears (mental chatter) gently remove it from your sky and gently focus on light, regular breathing. The main goal of all the activities is to remain gentle, this will make everything less stressful and allow you to flow into yourself.
Focus your gaze lightly on the natural object while allowing your whole body to relax.
Imagine that nothing else but you and the object exists.
As you slip into a deeper state, you will feel your body and mind dissipate. The world around you blurs and nothing but the object exists. You may start to see the object morph into images and sensations, don’t focus on these, simply relax and observe with no feelings attached.
Ending your meditation
You may remain in meditation for as long as you feel comfortable, for beginners, it is good to start with a duration of about 15 minutes. Focus on your breathing and allow your body to follow, remember to remain relaxed even when thoughts try to surface, gently move them away.
Remain within until you hear your timer go off,.
Take three deep breaths as you recite the Aum mantra.
Gently open your eyes and remain still for a few moments.
As your body starts to adjust to the timing, you will be able to naturally time yourself with no help.
Keeping a meditation journal.
Making note of your meditation experience is a great exercise for tracking your progress and making note of all the interesting experiences that happen.
You can store your favorite mantras, cleansing rituals and insights.
Written by : Tiyani Shibambu