First of all, I want to thank whoever asked this question for being so open for answers. I’ll do my best to provide a quality solution.
Question: I am a Buddhist, and meditation is at the core of my practice. However, I have problems quieting my monkey mind as of late, and need to maybe introduce another method to help me refocus. Perhaps I am getting a bit too relaxed in my meditation. I am letting my mind wander. This is fine. I simply let the thoughts go as quickly as they come, but, way too many thoughts come back. Very frustrated at this. I suppose I just need advice on which type of meditation would be best to move on to. Thank you for any help you might send my way.
Answer: Based on what you’ve said, I would suggest (this is only my opinion) that you practice a form of mantra meditation to regain focus over your thoughts and mind. Mantras are primarily used as spiritual conduits, words or vibrations that instill one-pointed concentration in the devotee. I practice mantra meditation when I intend to bring my thoughts to a single point of focus.
Here are several quality mantra’s to meditate on:
“May our intentions equally permeate every being and place with the true merit of Buddha’s way”
“I am a manifestation of divine consciousness in human form”
“I wish peace and abundance for all living creatures on planet Earth”
“I choose to clear my mind and focus on this mantra”
I hope that helped! Today I will be meditating to one of these mantra’s, will you?
Question: Do all meditation require emptying the mind?
Answer: No. Not every meditation technique requires emptying the mind. Transcendental Meditation is the practice of clearing the mind of all thoughts. However other meditation techniques such as Yantra Meditation and Mantra Meditation involve bringing the mind to a single point of focus.
Mantra Meditation is a type of meditation that uses the repetition of a mantra, which is also known as an affirmation.
Yantra Meditation uses symbols to focus the mind. Wikipedia states, “Traditionally they are used in Eastern mysticism to balance the mind or focus it on a spiritual concept.”
I received two interesting questions today, so I wanted to answer them right away on the blog. Here they are.
Question 1: Is meditation hypnosis?
Answer: Guided meditation and hypnosis are very similar. Both methods use a voice to guide one in a calm receptive state. Although both meditation and hypnosis bring the mind to a quiet, suggestible state, the purpose for doing so is different for each method. However regular meditation (with no voice) is not hypnosis.
Hypnosis is about changing subconscious belief patterns through suggestion, while meditation’s purpose is to calm the mind to improve focus, reduce stress, and improve one’s overall well being.
Question 2: Do you use subliminal messaging?
Answer: No. Our meditation tracks contain only two things. Relaxing music/sounds, and binaural beats. The music is used to sooth and relax, while the binaural beats sync the brainwaves and allow the mind to enter a deep meditative state.
I’ve been receiving so many interesting questions from many people regarding meditation, and I’m glad to be given the opportunity to answer them. Today’s questions are fairly simple to answer so we’ll go through them one at a time.
Question: When can I start?
Answer: You can start meditating immediately. Many people assume you need years of special training sitting alone in a cave chanting a secret mantra to learn the art of meditation. This is far from the truth. You can start today and begin to experience the incredible benefits of meditation.
Question: Is there any risks involved?
Answer: No. There are no risks involved in meditation – only positive benefits. As long as you meditate in a quiet place, free from distraction you will be fine. Do not EVER try to meditate while driving, running, operating any type of machinery, or doing any kind of physical task that requires your undivided attention. I think the above is fairly obvious but I figure I’d mention it just to be humorous… 😉
I hope this helps answer your question. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!
A great question I received was about how to stay awake during meditation.
When I first began meditating I did fall asleep several times. It wasn’t until I discovered the real secret and purpose behind meditation and that I began to become more aware and experience wonderful benefits.
Question: How do you keep from falling asleep during meditation?
Answer: What I discovered is that when you focus single minded on the rhythm and depth of your breath, meditation becomes a more conscious and involved practice and staying awake becomes not only easier, but more natural and pleasant.
Start by practicing the conscious control over your breath. Your breath is your life force energy. So the more you focus on controlling your breathing, the greater control you will exert over your mind and body, and staying awake will become much easier. Practice breathing deeply and listen to yourself inhale and exhale to a steady relaxing rhythm.
Personally practice keeping my breathing rhythym steady by counting my heartbeats as I breath. I breath in very deep and slow for 6 heartbeats, then hold for 2, then exhale for another 6 heartbeats, then hold for two. This helps me maintain a steady breathing rhytyhm which keeps me aware and focused.
As you continue to practice your breathing, it will eventually become naturally deep and steady. So start practicing conscious control over your breath and you’ll be able to stay awake and become more aware much easier.
Also, check out this Stay Awake During Meditation MP3: Stay Awake During Meditation
Hope this helps. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.