“You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too.” – Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Meditating deeply is one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had. Not only enjoyable but I has allowed me to return to my regular life with new found perspective. Deep meditation can be rejuvenating for the mind body and soul.
Deep meditation requires one to have some prior experience to meditation. There are many different meditation techniques that can be used so you have to select the one that is most comfortable to you. Some meditation techniques such as Samatha meditation focus on objects where as Vipassana meditation focus on internal spiritual awareness. There is also Mantra Meditation where you chant a mantra during your meditation.
If this is your first time meditating then you should read my article on meditation for beginners before going further. You will be able to find a technique and meditation posture that is suitable for you.
1. Location! Location! Location!
Our minds are influenced a lot by the environment we are in. If our minds are subject to constant high stress and demanding situations then your actions will also be as such. This conditioning will translate into your regular life. Waiting in traffic will get you very upset because you want to move faster. Standing in line for something will start bothering you because of the wait.
The environment you need to set for your deep meditation has to be peaceful and quiet. This could your bedroom or a private area in your home. I cannot explain how important this is.
During university my room was constantly being bombarded by my brothers or parents for this, that and the other. I could not sit for peace for 5 minutes. Even during my meditation, my mind would be mentally waiting for someone to barge in. So I started going to a local park to sit by the river.
I would let my ears drown in the sounds of the flowing river and let my skin feel the cool wind. Sitting idle near the riverside without any distractions helped get connected to the earth.
2. Inhale Peace, Exhale Chaos
Deep meditation starts with focus. Focus on breathing. In many articles I have talked about the importance of breathing meditation. Breathing is the only act that gives us life. If we do not breath then we die. Simple as that.
During meditation our inhalation should reach the bottom of our belly. The air should not be taken into the lungs but rather into our belly.
Practice Simple Breathing:
Placing your hands over the belly button.
Rest them gently.
Inhale through your nose.
Feel your hands rise with your belly.
Your focus and meditation will deepen placing your hands over your belly because now you can focus on the sensation of breathing from your nose and hands. It is ok if your thoughts are constantly intruding. Let them flow in your mind and let them go.