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Meditation Practices

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These are the practices currently being done on Tuesday evenings at Shanti Sadan from 4 April 2017.

Here is a recording of a meeting including these practices, and we could follow this for our own daily meditation.


1. Inner preparation

Approach the meditation with reverence and calmness. Feel that you are in the presence of the divine, within and around you. Mentally bow to that invisible power. [About one minute.]

2. Breathing practice

Sit in relaxation, in the meditation posture. Breathe slowly and deeply, drawing up the in-breath as if from the navel to the point between the eyebrows. As you breathe, fill the mind with the thought 'I am'. [About four minutes]

3. Visualization

Picture a blue, cloudless sky extending all around you.
Feel the freedom, vastness and purity of this great space.
When other images enter the mind, let them dissolve in the blue sky.
The sky is a symbol of the Infinite — our own higher consciousness.
[Do this for about five minutes]

4. Meditation on a text

OM
THE UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS IS IN ME
I AM THAT
PEACE AND LOVE ARE MY ATTRIBUTES
OM

Repeat the text silently, focussing on its meaning. If the mind wanders off, firmly and gently bring it back. [About 8 minutes.]

5. Closing offering

Extend thoughts of unconditional goodwill to all. [One to two minutes]


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If you have any questions about these meditation practices you are welcome to contact us.

You may find helpful the book by Hari Prasad Shastri on Meditation - Its Theory and Practice in the on-line bookstore.

If you are practicing meditation and would like to read more on how to extend the essence of the meditations into daily life, you may enjoy this book on the mind and spiritual Yoga.


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Recorded Meditation Sessions

Some meditation sessions have been recorded and can be heard and viewed here.


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On timing, place and posture for meditation

The idea is that these practices can be taken up and done regularly, and meditation starts to become a part of our life. The recommendation is that we decide to do meditation for, say, 21 days, and then do so each day (even if we are not in the mood!) After the 21 days we can review.

Next, choose a time of day and a place for the meditation. First thing in the morning is the ideal moment, last thing at night and noon are other possible times. Decide also how long you will do it each day and abide by the choice. The place should be clean and quiet, and it is helpful to create a special space somehow, perhaps with a picture, flowers or a candle. The main thing is to create a regular rhythm in time and place, and sustain it for the chosen duration.

Also significant is the posture for meditation. It is said that the floor is better than a chair because one day we might find ourselves without chairs, but the absence of a floor is very unlikely. That said, a firm chair is perfectly acceptable; the main thing is that the body should be upright and self-supporting, and most important, that we should be able to forget the body for the period of meditation. It is not helpful to try to meditate in bed or an armchair.