30 Apr
How to do Meditation- Path 2

Meditation does not mean concentration. 

Yoga define the meditation by following steps:

One must prepare himself to be non-violence, truthfulness and non- possessiveness.

Next step is  purity of body and mind, contentment, self-study and devotion to God.

Next comes yoga postures for a healthy body and good straight  posture for sitting comfortably to practice meditation.

Pranayama-breathing exercises which leads to feel/move life force – prana energy by advanced yogis.

Now sit calmly and keep awareness towards self consciousness. Continuing and sitting calmly in good postures, practising concentration.

Dhyana (Meditation) is sustained attention and application of mind to Lord / his presence . Sanskrit meaning for Dhyana is "to think of." 

Meditation is pure awareness or consciousness which does not have any focus on any one object or point.  

Staying longer and longer in Meditation leads to Samadhi where individual consciousness becomes universal consciousness. In this state of mind or no-mind consciousness is beyond time and space.

Singing Bowls:

While practicing meditation, listening to singing bowls or any instrumental music is helpful. After meditation spiritual music or scriptures or quotes help drive mind more toward ultimate goal.

Kundlini Yoga - by Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is very comprehensive combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques; it is encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. In Yogi Bhajan's words, "Kundalini" literally means "the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved." This alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or "yoke" – the universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called "yoga." 

The Upanishads, dating back to the fifth century B.C., describe the kundalini as a form of primal energy said to be located at the base of the spine. Kundalini awakenings may happen through a variety of methods. Many systems of yoga focus on awakening Kundalini through: meditation; pranayama breathing; the practice of asana and chanting of mantras. The Kundalini experience is frequently reported to be a distinct feeling of electric current running along the spine.

Breathing Meditation

Start breathing in through the nose and let go through the mouth.-10 Times

Inhale in - towards abdominal  Inhale out letting go slowly. - 20-30 times

Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. - 10 times

Inhale in feeling alive and awake, Inhale out feeling muscles relaxing. Let go of all tension. Start from your foot. Stretch and relax. Now stretch and relax legs,  than abdominal, than back, than neck, than arms, hands and finally mouth, forehead and head. 

Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. - 10 times

Now start normal Zen breathing;

"Our exhalation is that of the entire universe. Our inhalation is that of the entire universe. Thus, in each moment, we realize the truth about existence. This spirit eliminates misfortune and creates absolute joy." (Kodo Sawaki 1880-1965)

Be mindful. simply sit, without goals or expectations of anything.  

As the experience of peace deepens, let go of watching the breath and rest in the heightened awareness that is  called Sakshi(watcher) or super consciousness. "The Watcher" Look within, listen within. This steadiness in meditation becomes  Oneness—samadhi.

When the attention wanders to thoughts again, you can return to the breath and refocus, or begin to conclude your meditation by bringing awareness back to body and mind to enter the final stage of practice.

Let us meditate on the radiant light of Supreme Consciousness. May it purify our hearts and illumine our minds.
May it guide and inspire us. - Gayatri  Mantra

Difference between concentration and meditation is argued as to the difference between a stream of water and a stream of oil. A stream of water has errant bouncing drops taking side trips away from the flow, while oil flows in an integral, steady stream. There’s a palpable shift in our mental field when we move from concentration to meditation.

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