Meditation Techniques 04

Meditation Techniques 04

What you​ Need to​ Know About Meditation Techniques

As a​ ​ teacher of ​ meditation,​ I often hear the​ same kinds of ​ complaints and questions from students. it ​ is​ ​ hard for experienced meditators like myself to​ ​ remember what it ​ is​ ​ like to​ ​ just be starting on​ the​ path. Beginning takes a​ ​ truly epic amount of ​ discipline. Even the​ most rudimentary meditation techniques can be excruciating after 5 or 10 minutes. For many people,​ it ​ is​ ​ hard to​ ​ just close the​ eyes and keep the​ mind alert at the​ same time.

I used to​ ​ teach very complex meditation techniques involving lots of ​ difficult and intricate imagery,​ but as​ I have progressed as​ a​ ​ teacher,​ I have simplified them. I find that all but the​ most dedicated students tend to​ ​ give up when a​ ​ meditation technique is​ ​ too hard. it ​ can be almost painful for them to​ ​ continue to​ ​ sit there and focus on​ their breath while keeping an image of ​ the​ Buddha in​ ​ their minds. Experimenting on​ my own,​ however,​ I have found that there are a​ ​ variety of ​ simple meditation techniques that work every bit as​ well as​ the​ more difficult and advanced ones.

A lot of ​ people out there will tell you​ that you​ have to​ ​ use their meditation technique. Many of ​ these so-called experts believe that there is​ ​ only one way to​ ​ do things: their way. Although most of ​ them really do have valid meditation techniques,​ they fail to​ ​ grasp the​ larger picture. Anything that puts your mind in​ ​ a​ ​ peaceful state,​ and helps to​ ​ sustain that state throughout the​ day,​ is​ ​ a​ ​ good meditation technique. Different schools have different meditation techniques,​ but they are only as​ good as​ the​ peace they give to​ ​ the​ practitioner. Ultimately,​ the​ only guide to​ ​ whether a​ ​ technique in​ ​ meditation is​ ​ worthwhile is​ ​ you.

Of course,​ that is​ ​ not to​ ​ say that there aren't some basic meditation techniques that everyone should learn. I have never seen a​ ​ meditation method,​ for example,​ that does not involve focusing on​ the​ breath. if ​ you​ do not learn to​ ​ keep the​ mind clear while focusing on​ your breath,​ you​ will never get the​ maximum benefit from your meditation. the​ meditation techniques that you​ use to​ ​ achieve these results are up to​ ​ you. you​ can simply listen to​ ​ your breath,​ or you​ can picture it ​ as​ a​ ​ wave of ​ energy flowing in​ ​ and out of ​ you. Make it ​ as​ simple or as​ complicated as​ you​ want it ​ to​ ​ be. it ​ doesn't matter as​ long as​ it ​ works for you.

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