There are a couple of practical points about Vedic Meditation that you should know at this time, whether you are new to meditation or have been practising another, or many other forms, of meditation.
One can not succeed with Vedic Meditation when “Striking a Pose“.
So we don’t sit in the lotus position, cross-legged, or sit on a special cushion, or meditation stool.
We simply sit comfortably in a chair where the back is supported in an upright position, with eyes closed. We do not lie down for this would encourage sleepiness; nor do we try to sit bolt upright for this would be uncomfortable.
We allow our chair to give us maximum support and just sit comfortably- the emphasis is on the word “comfortably”.
If you wish, you can take off your shoes to meditate, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t, just as long as you are comfortable.
We sit with our eyes closed so that our attention goes more readily to the vehicle of your meditation, one’s personal Mantra. We close our eyes so that our attention is not divided between the vehicle of Meditation and the experience of seeing. If your eyes open during Vedic Meditation, just gently close them again. Naturally, you don’t have to hold them tightly shut. Sit comfortably with eyes closed. Notice this is the fourth time we have mentioned Comfort!
Yes, keep breathing its good for you. Seriously, it is important that we do not hold our breath, in fact, we do not control or manipulate the breath in any way, just breathe. There are no special techniques of breathing to be done during Vedic Meditation; no attempts to control or regulate the breath.
The Mantras used in Vedic Meditation do not obstruct or interfere with the flow of the breath in any way; instead, they help to balance and refine the breath.
As one meditates the breath may slow down, become softer, shallower all in a very natural way. In fact, a sign of correct meditation is a finer breath because as all the functions of the body slow down less breath is required. So you do not have to try and consciously slow down your breathing or breathe in any particular manner, this will happen naturally and spontaneously. Just as during your ordinary activities, during Vedic Meditation you breathe without giving much thought to breathing.
Regularity of meditation cannot be overemphasised:
The regular practice of Vedic Meditation is vital to gaining full benefit from it. We meditate for 20 minutes twice a day (there are exceptions which can be discussed with the teacher before you learn to meditate).
It’s important to schedule the time for meditation otherwise it won’t happen. We usually recommend meditating first thing in the morning – before you check text messages and /or emails and before breakfast. And again, the last thing in your afternoon – so before your evening meal. Most people will do their afternoon meditation when they finish work – either at work, on the way home or as soon as they get home.
When you learn to meditate your teacher will talk with you about your time of meditation, usually 20 minutes, and how to keep track of time while you are meditating. When your time of meditation is over we need to transition back into a normal wake state.
We just stay still for a couple of minutes and allow the mind and body to come out of meditation slowly. Gently move your fingers and toes, head and shoulders to bring your attention back and slowly open your eyes.
Vedic Meditation really is simple to learn and easy to practice:
The simplicity, the easiness of Vedic Meditation is an integral part of the technique. Any effort or striving or anticipation will only slow down the process. There is no trying, no concentration. no effort and if you can learn to meditate without expectation or anticipation of any particular result then benefits will unfold spontaneously, day by day, meditation by meditation.
It’s as simple and easy as sitting comfortably in a chair with eyes closed for about 20 minutes twice a day, and just take it easy and take it all as it comes.
A Myth About Vedic Meditation
There is a widespread myth concerning meditation: that it involves stopping the mind or emptying the mind of all thought.
This is wrong as to try and empty the mind does not lead to any more restful state of thinking.
Even if the attempt to clear the mind or empty the mind were to be successful, you would only have stopped your surface thoughts and made the mind stagnant.
Also, on top of any mental activity, you would be adding the further activity of holding the mind still or emptying the mind – complex activity, not simple.
The process of Vedic Meditation does not use any such difficult or potentially dulling practices.
Vedic Meditation uses the free-flowing nature of a person’s mental attention in a completely natural way.
The process of Vedic Meditation does not interfere with nature, it simply allows your attention to spontaneously bring your body and mind to a state of restful alertness. Your body will then be completely at rest and your mind completely at rest. (Related page Expansion of consciousness)
Teachers of the Vedic Meditation technique are taught how to select appropriate mantra’s for people so that once a person has been taught the technique, they will experience the benefits.
The technique is simple and natural, and you do not have to put any effort in to stopping the mind or trying to empty it of thought.
Vedic Meditation is the technique which enables a meditator to unfold the beauty of their own inner nature, and it’s a technique that can be learned by anyone.
If you think that you are ready to learn how to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380