So I realized that my meditations have recently been focusing on more practical day to day applications. These are important, and these are often neglected a little when we’re focused on more spiritual meditations…but I realized I was going a little too much to the other side. And we should strive for balance in all aspects of our life.
So let’s start with a more traditional meditation. Clearing your mind.
Try to find some place dark, with few as few sounds as possible(although maybe a little soft classical or New Age type music if it helps you). Sitting in the Lotus Position (or as close as you can get) with your arms out stretched, hands open and the thumb and first finger touching, eye closed, start by focusing only on one thing. I would generally focus on the mantra “OM”, you can repeat it mentally or actually chant it as you go. Be sure to take slow deep breaths. Fill up your lungs and breath from the diaphragm, and through the nose, hold the breath in your lungs for a moment, breath out slowly through your mouth, and then hold for a moment before breathing in. Try to slow down your breath as much as possible again (ideally you would like to work up to only 2 breaths per minute, but this will likely not be possible if you haven’t been doing this for a while).
Again as you chant focus only on the chant “OM” and nothing else. Random thoughts will intrude, and you’ll think about them for a while, but don’t worry. When you recognize your mind has wandered just focus on “OM” again. Don’t chide yourself or worry about the fact that your mind wandered, it’s okay, just go back to “OM”. The more you do this the longer you will be able to hold the thought. The goal here is to clear your mind of all extraneous thoughts and focus on only one thing.
Ideally you should try to be able to do this for 20 minutes at a time. It may take some time be build up to this. But the more you do this the longer you’ll be able to focus on a single thought. The longer you can focus on a single thought the more you’ll find yourself connected to higher realms, you’ll find your thinking clearer, your energy higher, your happiness in general raised.
And if you can here’s a variation you can try if you can spare may be a few five minute spot throughout the day. Instead of the simple chant of OM you can focus on each chakra with it’s own mantra. Start the morning with a quick mediation on your root chakra work your way up throughout the day ending with an evening meditation on your crown chakra.
- “LAM”- Chakra 1 (Root)
- “VAM”- Chakra 2 (Sacral/Navel)
- “RAM”- Chakra 3 (Solar Plexus)
- “YAM”- Chakra 4 (Heart)
- “HAM”- Chakra 5 (Throat)
- “AUM”- Chakra 6 (Third Eye)
- “OM”- Chakra 7 (Crown)