What is your favorite type of meditation? What technique works best for you?
I have several, but my favorite is yoga. It allows me to move and breath and that, in turn allows me to clear my mind and grow perceptively.
The best form of meditation in my opinion, is meditation on the senses only..People will call that mindful meditation & that's why it's confusing, because it's actually "mindless" meditation a total no thoughts no conscious mind state..If your sat there counting breaths or chanting your still using your mind, & so the practice is to sit there & just be with nothing at all being processed or going through your mind..For example when you eat do it "not" in front of the T.V or with music playing, but rather savour the flavours & smells & look at the textures & colours etc..Mindlessly seeing is my favourite way to meditate, & can be done where ever when ever you wish to try it no matter what your doing at the time..Just see something or things in your eye sight & try not to name what your seeing, & again will take many weeks/months practice before you can do it without processing/naming what you see..That is the best way to go about realising your real self & after a ton of practise over many months, you will be able to walk about mindlessly seeing without any thoughts at all going through your mind. :-)
I am certainly going to try this . . . it makes a lot of sense, but the ability to be thoughtlessly aware doesn't come easy. Breathing and chanting are what chase away those random thoughts . . . so for a lot of people thats the best place to start.
Kundalini yoga meditation rocks my world most mornings between 4:00 and 5:00 am. When I first started meditating in 2012 it was 'breath of fire" that opened up my second chakra with swirls of energy. Over two tears later and I feel energy swirling through all seven of my chakras. This morning I used "alternate nostril breathing" first and then a short session of breath of fire.
These days my heart chakra is usually the first to open, reaching up to God/Universe/Higher self. Then God reaches down to me and I am blissfully aware of vibrations everywhere.
I agree with Amethyestraven that yoga is the gateway to a solid meditation practice. Yoga teaches you to how to breathe.
"The mind is king of the body but the breath is king of the mind." yoga guru BKS Iyengar
Hey YogaKat i was wondering if you've ever experienced the void whilst meditating, or had any other strange experiences since you started meditating?..I never started myself until i was 39 yrs old, but I've got to say I've been amazed by it all. :-)
As far as amazing . . . I have felt God hugging me- caresses through vibrations. I have noticed that certain intruding random thoughts create positive feelings . . . then I know I'm on the right track. I have never got to the void . . . ?
Lay there really relaxed meditating in a dark room, & try to see through your eye lids..Now obviously you can't see through them, but that's how i experienced the void (only once though)..Whilst waiting to see, you can't think at the same time. :
Hey Ian Moon - while I was meditating this am . . . I realized I experience the opposite of a void. I can only describe it as purified sexual energy . . . orgasmic but in a spiritual rather than physical way.
Walks on the forested trails adjacent to our subdivision. I find I become reflective and insulated from distractions.
Perhaps wilderness hiking to areas where "Man" has not been. When I was a college student I had a summer job that dropped me into places where "Man" had never been. It seemed to focus my mind on God without trying and there were no distractions.
When I was comatose I felt closer to God than any other time in my life to be honest. Reading the Liturgy of the Hours can center one's mind and help in reflection and meditation.
After reading all these comments here, I feel rather old-fashioned.
I have practiced Bhakti Yoga, The Path of Devotion dailyfor 32 years. I have sat at the feet of an Illumined Soul and learned from Him.
My faith in Him and an intuitive feel, corresponds with what others say about the Path of Love, Devotion and Surrender. We strive to love God; to meditate; to serve mankind; to purify our inner nature through a holistic lifestyle of discipline, self-control, celibacy, vegetarianism and service to mankind: An essential virtue to encourage and expand growth.
While recognising that Souls are different and at varying levels of Consciousness, I would encourage the God-lover to sit at the feet of a worthy Soul. Pray with sincerity of purpose, and one will surely come. Avoid the beautiful flowers along the way and keep walking. Never look back or sideways, as the Path is a razors edge and very easy to fall.
Finally, One may find it useful to be very careful with Kundalini. It is an authentic and serious Path, but with many dangers if one is lacking in inner purity, and things can go wrong. Above all, be one-pointed in love for Him, and call His name, whatever be your Path. Hari Om Tat Sat!
Thank you for Bhakti Yoga . . . I looked it up on Wikipedia and am looking forward to further research. I recently discovered Sahaja Yoga, but alas The Mother recently passed from this earth. I feel certain a worthy soul will appear in my life soon.
I did not know that she passed. There are essentially four forms of Yoga. Bhakti (devotional); Karma ( selfless action) Gjnana (the way of knowledge) and Raja with it's mystical off-shoots. One follows the way of the mind or that of the Heart.
My five Time prayer ie. Namaz is my favorite meditation...it's hollistic nature keeps the body as well as mind fit & at peace.
The technique that works best for me is guided meditation. I guide myself into a deep state of relaxation using self talk and visualization. Follow the instructions and you become more and more relaxed. It is a simple step by step process and there are lots of ways to do it. I can guide myself or listen to a meditation session.
The reason is works really well is because with each step you become more relaxed. You can use other people's scripts or come up with your own. I wrote a hub "How To Meditate For Beginners." that explains it in detail.
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