For Real Happiness
In researching many materials regarding meditation techniques and practices, and even when working in group meditation programs, the main concern for most is the methodology. Especially in the West, people are generally most interested in the “technique” of meditation. However, it is crucial to know that the most important aspect of meditation practice is not method. Rather, it is our state of being, the ‘spirit’ in which we perform meditation techniques, which is known as the meditation “posture.”
This meditation posture refers to the spirit or attitude of the practitioner, and that is where Buddhist principles greatly facilitate meditation practice. Studying the precepts of Buddhism is excellent for conditioning the mind for true meditation. It’s important to realize that when one begins a meditation session, one is accessing a whole other dimension of reality. Generally speaking, in life people invest a whole lot of effort into achieving material things.
Also, a sound or a mantra can be used to focus on. My favorite sound to focus on during meditation is the Great ‘Om,’ and my favorite mantra for meditation is the Maha-Mantra! While it can be useful to integrate these things objects of focus into your meditation techniques, at first it’s best to merely be ‘spacious,’ like the sky.
As you progress, you will discover and reconnect with your intrinsic goodness. One of the main points of the spiritual journey is to persevere on the path towards enlightenment. Although your meditation experience naturally may be good one day, and not so good the next, it is not the experiences, but rather when you persevere that you reap its highest benefits. Good and bad are simply dualities that do not even exist on the highest realms of consciousness.
To meditate, all that you need to do is just sit quietly with a still body and in silence with the mind at ease, and permit ideas to come and go, without letting them affect you solitude. If you feel the urge to do something, then simply monitor your breathing. When breathing out, concentrate on breathing out.
David Powell is a yoga meditation specialist who enjoys group meditation practice. For many years, he has assisted others to experience enlightenment in meditation practice. For additional information related to Buddhism and real yoga meditation power visit www.thisispk.org