Silent Meditation

The intention of meditation is to relax the body and stop mental 'chatter' in order to experience a deep sense of silence. Think of it as silence and inactivity during which we strengthen our inner energy.

As our intention is to relax our body and reduce mental 'chatter' there's no need for special equipment, although for a degree of comfort you may like to have a mat or cushion to sit on, a blanket 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.

How to Meditate

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.

It's probably sensible to focus on just one method and gather as much advice as you can from widely known teachers such as Sadhguru of Ishwar Puri.

A Common Meditation Method

The following method works for many people and may be helpful for beginners.

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.

Feeling the breath entering and leaving the nose is a good point of focus once physical relaxation has been achieved, but there are no special rules that have to be followed as meditation can be done at any time and in any position providing we are able to relax and stop mental 'chatter'.

Think of Daffodils

If you need something to focus on consider William Wordsworth's image of daffodils dancing in the wind beside a large lake of water. Just see the image and keep it as your point of focus until all other thoughts fade away.

... all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
...

Two Energies to Consider

There are two inner energies which, after complete relaxation, we can move our inner attention to during meditation. These are the natural energy that spirals anticlockwise up through the lower chakras towards the heart, and 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 in the chest region.

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.

Harmony

During meditation we may feel that we are experiencing a sense of inner harmony so we may want to smile and include feelings and thoughts of thankfulness and appreciation for that. Thoughts of thankfulness are always positive and beneficial.

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