Basic Meditation Method
There are numerous ways to relax and meditate. Here are some of the main steps common to most techniques:
1. Progressively relax all the body muscles and let all tensions subside. Having a seated, comfortable posture helps greatly.
2. Without any straining, let the thoughts come and go until they gradually fade away. To reach a state of mindful tranquility, one may at first keep the attention focussed entirely on repeating a chosen mantra, observing willfully the flickering flame of a candle or the intricacies of a mandala, listening to a soothing sound or music, or follow intently the movement of ones breathing, until a point where the inner monologue of ones thoughts is at rest. Allowing ones mindful focus to recedes in the background as it slowly breaks away from whatever it first paid attention to, as if one is daydreaming or having ones head in the clouds, may help to reach a state of detachment from the activity of the mind, and eventually a deep and yet mindful stillness.
3. Staying away from any space and time referenceslike where one needs to go, what happened yesterday, what should be done tomorrowand trustfully accepting intuitive impressions, images and inspirations that may spontaneously well up from our soul consciousness is the next stage. There is a subtle and yet clear distinction that enables distinguishing these soul-prompted thoughts and feelings from the usual ramblings of our overactive ego-centered mind, the gist of it being that they speak truth to us and often trigger waves of tingling bliss generally associated with goose bumps.
4. Passively observe and contemplate all phenomena, visions and new ideas arising, without any mental reaction, while maintaining your alertness to prevent doziness.
5. Finally, when returning back to normal consciousness, ponder the deeper meaning of what has been experienced, and note down what seems most important or talk about it with someone to flesh it out and better remember it.
Another useful key is to strive to remain keenly aware of your surroundings and of your intuitive feelings and impressions that may arise at any moment during the day. This anchoring of consciousness in the here and now moment will contribute to lessen the choking hold of the many trance-like illusions programmed into us, which often prevent a direct and undistorted perception of whats around us and whats happening. This will create a permanent, instantaneous access to the Universal Consciousness and enable It to guide your thoughts, words and deeds through the still small voice within and the intuitive, spontaneous promptings you may feel.
As you certainly know if you have already attempted entering a state of deep meditation after reading theme-setting material such as the following one, the only way to actually reach a deeply vibrant sense of Oneness, at soul level, is certainly not to try to remember, while you meditate, everything youll read in these suggested meditation themes. Simply having a general idea of it in the back of ones mind is usually all that is necessary.
Finally, if you like to have inspirational music playing in the background while you meditate, the album Angelic Music from Iasos, featuring two songs of approximately 30 minutes each, has proven to be well suited to this spiritual exercize. Or you may play any other music that has proven effective for you during your moments of meditation.
So when you are ready to begin, first take a few slow deep breaths while relaxing all muscle tensions, focussing your attention in your heart and feeling the tingling energies permeating your body with growing waves of bliss. Then, when your mind is at rest and you are perfectly centered in your soul consciousness, you may consider you have reached a perfect stillness of the mind and a vibrant mindfulness best conducive to the emergence of a state of deep meditation where the gentle voice of your soul may reach your conscious mind and guide you to Be all That You Are.