Inner Sound Meditation And Its Comparison With Other Techniques
Meditation or dhyana is a practice in which a person tries to dissolve his consciousness into the universe. In meditation, a person forgets about his own body and tries to become one with the surroundings. It is considered as a tool for self-realization in various spiritual practices.
Concentration on a specific point is the first step of meditation, which helps in minimizing the thoughts in the mind and thus attain a peaceful state.
Many meditation techniques have been developed based on this principle.
I started meditating 5 years ago. Since then, I have tried many different forms of meditation, Now, I will tell about the different types of meditation techniques that I practiced, and which one of them benefited me the most?
Types of Meditation
1. Transcendental Meditation
It is a type of meditation in which a mantra is chanted repeatedly while sitting in any comfortable posture. The mantra is usually a meaningless word i.e. no emotions are attached to the word, otherwise thoughts will start rising. This meditation helps in concentrating the mind at a single point.
2. Anapanasati Meditation
This meditation technique was used by the Buddha for attaining self -realization. In this meditation, mindfulness is practiced on the inhalation and the exhalation of breath.
This meditation is performed in a cross-legged posture with the spine erect. It involves feeling the vibrations in the nostrils, as the air moves in and out of the nose.
This meditation restores calmness in the body and provides a feeling of joy and ecstasy.
3. Kundalini Meditation
I started doing this meditation 2 years ago, for the awakening of the Kundalini chakra. I used to listen to the binaural beats at different frequencies. After doing it for 2 months, I started feeling some tingling sensations in various parts of my body. And my head started aching a lot, because of the constant listening to loud music for a long time.
About a month ago, I heard about a new meditation technique known as the Inner sound meditation, which involves listening to the inner sound within us. This technique is by far the most effective technique that I have come across, because of its huge range of benefits and advantages over other traditional techniques.
Which meditation technique is your favorite?
What is Inner Sound?
Sound, as we know originates from the collision of things. We often listen to music, which originates from the collision of the strings of an instrument with our fingers, or from the vibration of our vocal chords.
The inner sound is also known as the sound of silence or the Anahata nada. It is called the sound of silence because, unlike other sounds, it is not originated from the collision of two or more objects, rather it is omnipresent inside us.
Every sound is generated from a source, for example, the song we sing originates from our vocal chord. But it is believed that the sound of silence has no source of origin and is omnipresent.
In many Hindu scriptures, this sound is named as the ‘omkara dhwani’ as its sound somewhat resembles the sound of ‘Om’.
Different types of Inner Sound
These inner sounds can vary for different persons. It may be a ‘sharp thin line sound’, subtle sound, or similar to the sound of a flute. The types of sound that most heard are:
- Sounds of humming or buzzing.
- A sound that resembles that of a grasshopper.
- A thin ‘Beep’ sound.
- The sound of the heartbeat.
- Sounds similar to those of air, wind, thunder etc.
- Ringing, the tinkling of bells, and clinking sounds.
- Sounds that resembles the sound of a bee, flute, waterfall, chirping of birds, the rustling of leaves etc.
Advantages over other techniques
From my own experiences, and the experiences of many others who practice the inner sound meditation regularly, these are the reasons for which it is preferred over other types of meditation:
This technique of meditation is very interesting, as there are a lot of sounds within us, that we are never aware of, and whose source is still unknown.Whereas, the traditional meditation techniques are boring.
In this technique, you do not have to try to concentrate during meditation because the inner sound pulls the attention towards itself.
This meditation is very simple to practice and does not require knowledge of anything. It can be done in any posture, place or time.
The benefits of this meditation can be noticed from the first time itself.
No emotion is attached to the inner sound and so, the number of thoughts is lesser as compared to other techniques.
How to do Inner Sound Meditation?
Inner sound meditation can be done in any posture while sitting or lying down. Close your eyes or you can cover your eyes using an eye mask. Block your ears using earphones or earplugs. It is better to use an earplug, because it blocks most of the external noise, making it easy to hear the inner sound clearly. It is preferable to use earplugs that are made of soft foam otherwise, regular usage of a rough earplug may hurt ears. It should also provide good noise reduction .
Now concentrate on your body, and feel that your body is relaxed. Take some deep breaths. Count from 10 to 1 while breathing. Count after each exhalation.
After completion of the breathing, try to hear the sounds from your right ear. At first, you may hear the sounds of your breathing or your heartbeat. If you practice this meditation regularly, you will soon be able to hear subtler sounds clearly.
The inner sound meditation should be performed for 20 minutes daily for effective results. At first, you may feel little uneasy. But, after few days, you will begin to see the changes in yourself. Your mind will become calm and focused, and the body will feel more alert and active.
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Benefits of Inner sound Meditation
According to a research done on nearly 500 people. The most common benefits of doing the inner sound meditation that was observed are :
- Increase in Observation Power.
- Increase in energy level.
- A significant increase in the awareness of the surroundings.
- More control over anger.
- A lesser number of thoughts and thus, the mind remains peaceful.
- Helps in quitting of addictions.
- The decrease in the Attachments.
- Increase in Concentration and Focus.
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