When you are somewhat experienced in the practice of meditation and can go in and out of the trance with relative ease, you may start pursuing a deeper, more fulfilling meditative experience. Nothing else can provide the sense of peace and tranquility the way deep meditation can. Many experienced practitioners of meditation wish to unlock the techniques which will give their meditations some more depth and thus go in search for some lost archaic secret.
Deep Meditation however does not differ much from the average meditation you are accustomed to. Actually, the best way to achieve a more blissful form of meditation is to continue using with the same technique you are used to but approaching it with a little variation.
This article will strive to aid you in your pursuit of a deeper form of meditation in 9 easy techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own meditation area!*
*Note: You should be familiar with meditation before you pursue a deeper form of meditation.
1. Be at Balance
Your mental, physical, and spiritual health are all interconnected. What happens to one will always affect the other two which is why it is imperative that all three factors be at balance with one another. You will find that many of the supposed problems can be solved with just a little decisiveness on your part.
Go to the gym, eat a balanced diet, and meditate on any harkening problems that may plague your mind. It is important that you weed out anything that will keep you from feeling balanced and centered within and without. You will also find that meditation is more than just a stress and anxiety reliever but a medium by which you can celebrate your own being.
2. Breath and Body
Breathe in and focus on the present moment.
Breathe out and relax all the tension in your muscles.
Breath and Body must be relaxed and centered. Try to keep your breathing as soft and as soundless as possible. Your aim is for the exhalations to be longer than your inhalations, double the time if you can. Do not force yourself though, this process must be relaxing and as comfortable.
3. Find Inner Contentment
Starting positively is the only way to start. Find a source of happiness or contentment in your life. It can be simply the joy of meditating, something you are thankful for, or the fact you are taking time for yourself and that you’re growing as a human being. If you believe in a higher power than say a short meditation prayer before starting. If the many stresses and pains of life make it hard for you to find a positive thought or feeling to work with, then the next entry might help.
4. Be Mindful on a Daily Basis
Mindfulness is a powerful tool which will aid you organize and dispense the inner mental noise to prepare your mind for delving into deeper meditation. Mindfulness is indispensable as it is powerful to a practitioner of meditation as anything else. It is also closely linked to finding your inner source of contentment and the health of your mind and soul. Being mindful will bring to your attention the things which you may have overlooked in the noise and clutter of the competing thoughts in your mind. It will also put into perspective those things which may have seemed greatly important at first but are in fact trivial in the grand scheme of things.
It will not only open up a deeper state of trance but will do wonders for your quality of living.
5. Know Your Intention
It is absolutely important that you stress your conviction in diving into deeper meditation. Power of Intention is integral in this aspect of deep meditation. You must approach it with certain level of confidence – as if you have been doing it your entire life. If you will it that so shall it be.
Take some time before starting to asses what it is your are about to do, what you expect during and after, and affirm to yourself that it can be done and it will be done by you.
6. Transition Smoothly
When you feel you are done, ease your self back into your physical self. Do not rush in doing this so that you may carry this feeling of peace with you into your everyday life. Start by keeping the same state of mind while slowly moving your fingers, then your neck, and then very slowly opening your eyes.
7. Focus, Focus, FOCUS
Do not succumb to inner negativity or external distractions. Like with regular meditation, you must not engage on any of your negative thoughts and/or feelings but instead acknowledge their existence and move on. Remember to be mindful.
You must learn to be easy and patient with yourself. This is not as easy as it seems but with practice, you will find it becoming second nature. Master your mind, find your happy place, and find the joy in your concentration.
8. Commit Yourself
You must understand that this might take a certain amount of trial and error. It is expected that you will fail in the beginning and so you mustn’t be deterred. Keep yourself to your goals and you will undoubtedly see results sooner rather than later.
9. Keep a Record
Human beings are constantly learning. This is even truer for one who practices deep meditation. Keep a diary or journal to jot down your experience after every session. Write down how long and how deeply you meditated, how you felt before and after your meditation, and what are the things you have learned during your reflections.
When we review our inner thought, emotions, and objectives one by one, we are bound to discover things about ourselves we might have missed or things we might have never known existed before. So, before entering the physical world once again, create for yourself a point of reference and a record of all your discoveries.
It is important to note that regardless of what form meditation you practice, the end result to strive for is always the same. These techniques are but simple suggestions that will aid your in your inner journey but are not as important as the journey itself. You are after all detaching yourself from all the pain and stresses of living, giving your spirit some time to recuperate, and viewing your own life up-to-that-point objectively. Understand that the power of your experience and how you achieved it is what will ultimately define the deepness of your meditation.
- What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?, Tom Ireland, Scientific American
- Why We Should All Keep a Meditation Journal, Ruth Lera, Elephant Journal