Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, South India built by King RajaRaja CholaAffects of meditation come not from prolong practices rather more from quality practices. Sitting for long periods in meditation not necessarily produce result if the meditator does not know what he or she is doing. There will be benefits from this but not significant.

When a quality meditation practice is observed consistently then progress starts to take place. One easy to recognize sign is that one becomes more observant. It is the first sign of the awakening of the superconscious mind. Your awareness is soaring within going past the subconscious and into the superconscious. Your perspective changes. You start to view things from the inside out. Your powers of observation becomes stronger.

With this new found perspective you also handle life differently. You start to adopt the attitude of intelligent action and dispassionate reaction as my guru says thus handling life’s circumstances wisely.

Here’s a link to previous FAQs on meditation.

If you’d like to ask a question please send it to me on email.  

 

A couple of days ago we gave a response to the question “What are one of the first things to do when one wants to begin a meditation practice?” and we ended the blog post with the question “How long should I sit for?”

Here’s our response to that question.

Well if you’ve never meditated before then I suggest just one minute. It’s a good place to start and it is an achievable goal for most people.

What should I do in this one minute?

When you are seated, firstly, tell yourself that you have no where to go and nothing to do for the next one minute. And that all you have to do is be aware of yourself sitting there having met your appointment. Congratulate yourself for doing this. You have now begun the process of training your body to be still by forcing it to be in one place for a period time. You are exercising your will over your senses, over your body and mind. In order to go within in meditation it is essential that our body and mind be still.

For the first week of doing this just be mindful of your breathing. Observe your every in and out breath during that one minute.

In our next pot we’ll look a little deeper into the breathing. For now, you know what to do.

Here’s a link to previous FAQs on meditation.

 

What are one of the first things to do when one wants to begin a meditation practice?

I often get asked this question. One of the first things you should do is to make an appointment with yourself each day. The appointment with yourself involves sitting down for a period of time each day by yourself in a designated spot within your home.

This spot should be purely reserved for your meditation practice and nothing else. Make sure it is clean and free from clutter. Have a small blanket or mat which you can sit on. It is best to be seated on the floor cross legged. If you can’t do this then sit on a chair with a fairly firm surface.

Ideally you create a little shrine at this spot. You could have a small statue of Ganesha, a candle which you light and and burn an incense as well.

Unless you make time for yourself each day you are not going to be starting a meditation practice anytime soon.

Tomorrow we’ll explore the question “How long should I sit for?” and “What should I do during this time?”

 

The following question came in on email to me and below is my response.

How do I concentrate better – I manage a good quality 5 mins at most with minor drifting but then my mind wonders massively after this…?

The best way to learn how to concentrate better is to practice it more. We become good at what we practice. Know that the mind has no ability to discriminate between what practice is good for you and what is not good for you. If it did we’d all be excellent at concentration. The mind becomes good at whatever we practice. If we practice being distracted 10 hours a day then we become good at that. The same way, if a dancer wants to be part of the best ballet company then she would have to practice many hours a day. 

So, to be good at concentration you need to practice it more each day.

Hope this helps. In the next post I’ll give a few examples of practices that you can do.

If you have questions on meditation please feel free to reach out to me. You can do so by sending your questions to me on email at info(at)vedicodyssey.com.

Previous post on Concentration
Feb 25th: I can’t Concentrate

 

A question came in to me on email asking for some insights on concentration. “I can’t concentrate. Please help.”

Here are some of my thoughts on concentration.

Most people can’t concentrate because they have not been taught how to concentrate and they do not practice the art of concentration. If you haven’t been taught it and you don’t practice it how can you be good at it?

In order to learn how to concentrate you must first learn how the mind works. This is absolutely essential and very simple.
First you have to understand the difference between mind and awareness. You are pure awareness flowing through the mind. By using your will and powers of concentration you can consciously move your awareness to any area of the mind that you would like to go to.

You hear people often saying “my mind wanders all the time”. Technically that is a false statement. Your mind is not wandering rather your awareness is moving from one area of your mind to another. This is really an important concept to understand. With your will you can take your awareness to any area of the mind you want and hold it there with the powers of concentration. More on the mind and awareness later.

So, if I were to simply define concentration then I would say that concentration is the ability to keep your awareness on one thing for a prolonged period of time.

So you’ve learned two things. One is that awareness moves through various areas of the mind. Two, is that you can use your will and powers of concentration to hold awareness in a given area of the mind for an extended period of time.

Now that you’ve learned what concentration is and how it works, the next step is to learn how to concentrate better.

 

Today’s question on meditation comes in from Louise from the Philippines who asks “How do I concentrate better – I manage a good quality 5 mins at most with minor drifting but then my mind wonders massively after this…?”

The best way to learn how to concentrate better is to practice it more. We become good at what we practice. Know that the mind has no ability to discriminate between what practice is good for you and what is not good for you. If it did we’d all be excellent at concentration. The mind becomes good at whatever we practice. If we practice being distracted 10 hours a day then we become good at that. The same way, if a dancer wants to be part of the best ballet company then she would have to practice many hours a day. 

So, to be good at concentration you need to practice it more each day. In my workshops and spiritual adventures I share specific concentration exercises that can be integrated into your every day life to help you be better at concentration.

If you have questions on meditation please feel free to reach out to me. You can do so by sending your questions to me on email at info(at)vedicodyssey.com.


 

On the 7th of January I was asked “what are the techniques of meditation” and responded to that on the blog. The natural next question to follow from that was asked…which was “How do you know a meditation technique is good or not?”

It’s hard to know this answer if you are new to meditation. How would you know anyway if you’ve never tried it out long enough. Hopefully this can help shed some light on the topic.

Whatever meditation technique you choose should make sense to you. You should understand it thoroughly. A clear intellectual understanding is essential to make progress. How can you practice something well if you don’t understand it, right?

So make sure the technique you choose makes sense to you. It’s clear, practical and systematic. Its practicality allows you to develop your meditation skills slowly in your consistent practice of it.

If you don’t understand something about the meditation technique then ask questions about it. Understanding is essential. And whoever is teaching you this should be able to answer your questions logically and if they can’t then they should be able to direct you to a resource that can.

Hope this helps.

If you have questions on meditation please feel free to reach out to me. You can do so by sending your questions to me on email at info(at)vedicodyssey.com.