Meditations – Current

These are recordings of a guided meditation session recently led by the Warden at Shanti Sadan. They include the practices that are currently being done at the weekly meditation sessions at Shanti Sadan.

Scroll down for a summary of the practices.

This is a recording of the whole session including an introduction to the practices and how to integrate regular meditation into an active life. You will probably find it helpful to listen to this version at least once. (36 minutes)

This version has been abridged and could be followed each day for own meditation. (22 minutes)

Here is an audio only version of the abridged recording.

 

 

1. Inner preparation

Let us sit in serenity and reverence for these teachings, and reverence also for our own deeper, infinite nature, awaiting discovery as our true self. [About one minute.]
More on the preparation for meditation

2. Breathing practice

Be consciously aware of your breath.
Breathe slowly and a little more deeply than usual.
As you breathe in this way, say to yourself: “I am free. I am free.”
[About five minutes]

3. Visualisation

Picture a blue, cloudless sky extending boundlessly in all directions—clear blueness enveloping all.
When thoughts arise, see them dissolving and vanishing in the infinite blue sky.
Let your mind be at one with this vastness, and let any other mental phenomena dissolve in that infinite blue sky.
[About five minutes]

4. Meditation on a text

OM
THE UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS IS IN ME
AND I AM THAT.
PEACE, LIGHT AND WISDOM HAVE THEIR SOURCE IN ME.
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.