Meditations – Current

These are the practices currently being done at the weekly guided meditation sessions

Here are recordings of a guided session with these practices, led by the Warden at Shanti Sadan

This version has been edited to focus on the practices and it could be followed for our own daily meditation (22 mins)

This is the whole session, including an introduction on the principles behind meditation (38 mins). You may find it helpful to listen to this version at least once.

 

1. Inner preparation
Feel that the supreme consciousness is within and around you. Mentally bow to this infinite power. [About one minute.]
More on preparation for meditation.
 

2. Breathing practice
Breathe slowly, drawing up the in-breath as if from the navel to the point between the eyebrows. With each in-breath say silently ‘Peace’, with each out-breath ‘Light’. [Five minutes]
 

3. Visualisation 
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. [Three minutes.]

4. Meditation on a text

OM
I AM THE LIGHT WHICH REVEALS THE PASSING THOUGHTS.
I AM SELF-ILLUMINED, INFINITE, ONE IN ALL.
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.