Silent Meditation

The intention is to relax the body and reduce 'mind chatter'

A primary intention of meditation is to stop the sensory perceptions that we get through our 5 senses, our nose, eyes, hands, ears, and tongue, and to then stop our thoughts activity. Think of it as silence and inactivity during which we strengthen our Qi energy, our life-force energy.

Cat meditating
Cat Meditating

As our intention is to relax our body and reduce 'mind chatter' there's really no special equipment needed for this form of meditation, but for a degree of comfort you may like to have a small mat or cushion to sit on, a blanket or clothes to keep your body warm, and perhaps a straight-back chair or something that helps to keep your spine erect. A wall is quite good for that, so there's no cost involved.

There are many different types of meditation and many different methods of meditating so if you are learning entirely from Internet sites you'll hear many different voices explaining the best way to meditate. Some suggest special Qi exercises such as Taiji, and yoga, but other forms of meditation are absolutely still.

Start With Just One Method

It'sprobably sensible to focus on just one method and gather as much advice as you can from a widely known Master. Sadhguru, for example, is a well respected Yoga Master who has many videos and a few that specifically explain the form of silent meditation that he uses. There are other helpful meditation masters such as Ishwar Puri.

Ishwar Puri | Meditation For Every Soul

Ishwar Puri's Meditation Advice

In the above linked video Ishwar explains how the negative powers we encounter during this life help us to develop awareness and spiritual understanding. The Hatonn people also mention this approach and the benefit of treating undesirable events as opportunities to learn and mature spiritually.

Relax into Silence

This method works for many people and may be helpful for some people.

Relax the body muscles from the top of the body, beginning with the brow. Then relax the eyes, mouth, and gradually relax all muscles down to the toes. When the whole body is relaxed it becomes a little numb to the senses and we are then able to focus our attention on the mantra, the thought, or the point of attention that we are using for our meditation. Relaxation is an important aspect of meditation.

There are no special rules that have to be followed for meditation. It can be done at any time and in any position providing we are able to relax and focus our attention, on our breath, a mantra, or a mental image. You may decide to use a slightly uncomfortable meditation position to reduce the risk of spontaneous sleep!

Two inner energies to focus on during meditation

There are two inner energies which we can focus our inner attention on during meditation. One is the natural Qi energy that spirals anticlockwise up through the lower chakras towards the heart, and the other is the energy that enters from above the head and spirals anticlockwise downwards. We can visualise these energy fields as golden balls of light that spiral slowly and merge at the heart chakra.

Keep It Simple

We shouldn't add unnecessary complexity to meditation practice. It's not a religion, and although some people may find it helpful to sit in special yogic positions or to chant a mantra, none of that is really necessary. It's more important to focus on feeling Qi energy, that warm energy feeling around the heart area of our body that can occur during deeper meditation.

We may also like to include feelings and thoughts of thankfulness and appreciation to the Source for the experience of Qi energy, and for our life experience in general. Christians conceptualise this as coming from God The Father. Other groups have different names for the same energy source such as; The One, The Source, or The Creator.

The Takeaway

Meditation is a way to tap into Qi energy, preferably for the purpose of promoting personal healing, and for harmonising our thoughts with the source of that energy.

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