Learning How To Meditate: Step Three – Putting It Into Practice

Learning how to meditate is the easy part, it really is. The hard part is putting it into practice.  Why do you think it is said that one “Practices Meditation”. However that being said, what can be hard about meditating twice a day every day, right?!

Learning how to meditate is the easy part, it really is.

Well, life can sometimes get in the way, but the more you meditate the more you bend and flex around such perceived obstacles and you will be able to cope more easily with whatever comes along.

Your intention should be to meditate twice a day (early morning and late afternoon) every day. One way to think about it is:

You have learned to meditate, therefore you are a meditator
and meditators meditate twice a day, Its what meditators do!

However, if your day is disrupted and you miss a meditation, this should not be something to stress about. Just accept that it happened and try not to miss too often.

Putting It Into Practice

Step three completes the first phase of learning to meditate, the next phase it putting it into practice. During the previous few days, you will have received enough instruction on how to meditate correctly at home on your own. You will also have also completed 10 or 11 meditations by this stage, a combination of those at home and during the course with your teacher. Therefore, you have the knowledge and the experience to meditate comfortably at home for a week before the next session.

During the first week after you have learned to meditate, it is important that you practice your meditation twice a day – one in the morning and once in the late afternoon. Try to be regular in the time of day that you meditate each day as this will help your mind and body settle into the routine of meditation.

You may want to keep notes of your experiences during meditation and also any changes in “YOU” that you may notice in this first week. At your first checking session, we will talk about your meditations the previous week and ‘tweak’ your meditation process if necessary. Although, mostly we just need to remind you of some instruction that you may have forgotten.

It is basically the same process for the next two months. We meet at one-month intervals to ensure that you are meditating correctly and to answer any further questions that you may have. You are then free to meditate quite happily at home for the rest of your life. However, I will still be available, should you need me to check and to valid your meditation experience.

Some people who learned to meditate with me I have never seen again. Others pop in periodically to have their meditations checked, more on that on the next page. Checking and Refreshing your Technique.

 

One piece of advice – be patient!

My advice to all new meditators is to be prepared to do your mediation twice a day for 6 – 9 months before you expect to see any real and tangible benefits.

Vedic Meditation is not an overnight, quick-fix solution. It does take time for the benefits of regular meditation to manifest in daily life. My advice to all new meditators is to be prepared to do your mediation twice a day for 6 – 9 months before you expect to see the most significant tangible benefits.

Although, in reality, most people that I teach to meditate do begin to experience something after just one or two meditations. But what these people find is the early benefits that they notice pale in comparison to what they notice around the 6-9 month mark. And it doesn’t stop there, the longer you meditate the more you gain.

The technique is very subtle and sometimes it may appear that not much is happening. However, there will be a lot of work happening on the inside. It may not be until this ‘inside work’ is complete that you will notice benefits beginning to shine through in the outer you. These benefits can include more energy, clarity of mind, sleeping better (deeper, more restful, meaningful sleep), greater tolerance, compassion, love and caring.

If you think that you are ready to learn how to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380

Now That You Have Learned How To Meditate, Now What

Okay, so you have completed the course of instruction, now what. One of the many good things about Vedic Meditation is the thoroughness of the teaching. Nothing is left to chance. The process of teaching has been passed down through the centuries, it has passed the test of time. Every possible scenario has been taken into consideration.

Once you have learned to meditate you have all the knowledge of how to successfully meditate at home without the need for further instruction. You may feel the need to have your meditation checked and/or refreshed from time to time, which I cover on the next page. But as far as learning how to meditate goes, once you have completed the course that is it. You have all the knowledge and experience needed to continue to meditate for the rest of your life.

What Can’t You Do While Meditating?

Vedic Meditation is compatible with almost any other activity you might ever consider undertaking. Just not while you are performing any other activity. For example, driving a car or operating machinery. I’m serious, people have asked if it is possible to do these things while meditating. Usually in an effort to save time.

Likewise, one cannot practise Vedic Meditation while also doing another form of meditation at the same time. Nor can you do it listening to a podcast, meditation music, television or radio.

The practice of Vedic Meditation requires you to sit comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed, you can see why that discounts physical activity. During meditation, it is very likely that you will transcend your thinking state – the active thinking level of the mind. Need I say more!

Many people who learn Vedic Meditation also like to do other forms of meditation and/or spiritual development techniques. What works best is to do your Vedic Meditation first, to relax the body and clear the mind, to better enjoy whatever technique follows the meditation session.

One of the most common benefits of learning Vedic Meditation is the ability to concentrate and maintain focus, which makes it an ideal technique to do prior to study and/or listening to audio recordings. I am told that it also helps to define and refine daily affirmations.

Why Do People Stop Meditating If It Is So Beneficial?

Interestingly, one reason people stop meditating is that it has been so beneficial. Ironic isn’t it.  When a person is sleeping better, has more energy and motivation, feels happy and healthy all the time and handles stress with ease, they don’t feel the need to meditate anymore. Which is great, because it is the reason they learned to meditate in the first place.

However, once a person stops meditating life begins to return to its previous setting. Not sleeping, no energy, not happy etc And because it happens slowly, one often does not realise that they are back on the treadmill and can’t reach the stop button. A bit like the Boiling Frog Fable.

Other reasons people stop meditating often involve changes to routine.  Which can include travel, a change in ones work routine, illness or natural disasters etc

Fortunately, you will have been instructed how to restart your meditation. However, if you have forgotten or just want the peace of mind that you are doing it correctly, then you can come in and have your meditation Checked and/or refreshed.

If you think that you are ready to learn how to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380