There is a reason you are taking this course.
There is something you want out of it, some result that you are looking for. If you want to make sure of that result, then you need to know your subject. This is true of anything. It is also true with meditation.
The purpose of this course is to give you necessary knowledge of meditation, guide you through the practice of meditation, and give you opportunities to experiment with fundamental concepts relevant to meditation that you can apply to your everyday life.
Meditation I – Lesson One
Things to Know
Meditation is natural to everyone. When the form of meditation practiced corresponds to the nature of the individual, meditation comes easily and produces beneficial results.
The best meditation is one that is non-forceful and suits itself to you personally. Through meditation you can access the power behind all spiritual practices, behind everything you do, and everything you want to do. Meditation is an adventure into internal affairs. You can use it to calm yourself in an instant, lower your blood pressure, or to attain ultimate fulfillment. It is an all-encompassing, essential element of spiritual practice.
The word meditation is used to describe a process, but more specifically, it is meant to indicate a special state — you meditate in order to bring about a meditative state (dhyana, in Sanskrit). In meditation, though the attention may initially be extroverted, it is ultimately introverted. There are two ways to go about this. You can use a technique or, with correct understanding, you can achieve the meditative state without any technique at all.
Meditation is easy, natural, and produces a multitude of beneficial results. In the process of bringing your meditation practice to the point of mastery, you achieve many things along the way — profound concentration, the ability to shift your state in an instant, move into peacefulness, travel to other planes, and experience direct (without any means) perception of Truth.
Creating Your Meditation Space
We will begin by creating a special place for you to meditate. This place will eventually act as an anchor that will help you to meditate. We want it to become an attractive lure and make entering into meditation as simple as walking into this space. It will be of your own creation. To begin, do the following:
- Decide on a time or time period when you will be meditating. This may have to change at some point depending on your circumstances, but do your best for now.
- Decide on a special place to meditate. It can be a special room or a special place in a room where you are least likely to be disturbed and that is set aside just for meditation. Ideally, a room to yourself is best. At this point, having a meditation room is not crucial, but I mention it now because, as you progress, you will eventually want complete privacy. If you live with other people and you do not have a room to yourself, your meditation time will be dependent on when others are out. I thought it would be good to let you know about this now.
- Select an area in this space where you can create a focal point, or altar. You might use a small table or a raised area, depending on whether you plan to meditate using a chair or sitting on the floor.
- Find an object that makes a sound that you like and that evokes a sense of the Divine for you, and place it on your altar. Some examples might be a bell, small mobile, chime, ringing bowl, or gong. You will be adding four other items to your altar in addition to this, so the size of this sound-making object should be relative to the space you have to work with.
- Go into this area at least once every day, preferably at a time you plan to meditate, and stay there for a few minutes. Do the following in the order listed, and stay with each one for a little while before leaving your space:
1. Put your attention on your altar for a while.
2. Move your attention to your body and keep it there for a little while.
3. Put your attention on your body’s presence in this space.
4. Now let your attention go “inside” yourself.
5. Bring your attention and consciousness back to normal.
Start using your meditation space for meditation when you are ready. Read or listen to Using Music As An Attractant for Meditation, use ten minutes of meditation music, and just let the music do all the work for you. Don’t worry about doing it “right”, just enjoy.
In our next lesson, we will talk more about meditation technology — what meditation really is and how it works — and you’ll get your first One Minute Meditation technique.
Bonus Supplementary Material
Audio: 10 minute excpert from Celestial Mountain meditation music by Durga Ma
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