Current Meditations

These are the practices we are currently doing together at the regular weekly guided meditation meetings. (Scroll down for a summary.)

The session recorded here was led recently by the Warden at Shanti Sadan.

This version has been abridged and could be followed for our own regular meditation practice. (22 minutes)

 

This is a recording of the whole session including an introduction to the principles on which meditation is based and further guidance on the practices. You will probably find it helpful to listen to this version at least once. (36 minutes)

Read more on the theory and practice of meditation.


If you are doing the practices and have any thoughts or questions, you are welcome to contact us.


Summary of the Practices

1. Inner preparation

We consciously turn our attention to the infinite and invisible Presence that underlies our own mind and is also the hidden support of the whole cosmos. [About one minute.]
More on the preparation for meditation

2. Breathing practice

Breathe consciously, and a little more slowly and deeply than usual.
With each in-breath say, silently, ‘Here’ and with each out-breath ‘Now’.
[About five minutes]

3. Visualisation

Imagine that you are sitting in a space filled with light and stillness.
See yourself bathed in that light and stillness.
[About five minutes]

4. Meditation on a text

OM
I AM SELF-AWARE CONSCIOUSNESS.
FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS ARE REVEALED
IN MY TRANQUIL MIND.
OM

Repeat the text silently a few times until the meaning is grasped, then focus the attention on that. If the mind wanders off, firmly and gently bring it back to the text and the meaning. [Six minutes.]
More about meditating on a text

5. Closing offering
Extend thoughts of unconditional goodwill to all. [One minute]

For more on how to meditate see this section on daily meditation practice.

More recordings of meditation practices are here.