Meditation – what’s the trick?

I always say that meditation is the real game-changer when it comes to Yoga practices. The trick is to find a meditation style that works for you because we are all different. Luckily there are many types of meditation practices to explore. When you find one that works for you, stick to it and practice, practice, practice. 

Here are some meditation practices that I’ve been teaching lately:

Dharana meditation – this is a yogic concentration meditation where you focus on one object to the exclusion of all others. If you can sustain that over a long period of time, the object disappears and all that is left is consciousness. I use a candle however you could use a flower, or an object that is meaningful to you.

Kundalini meditation – This was a 4 part sound journey through the chakras. 

  1. 15 mins of shaking to shamanic sounds
  2. 15 minutes of free flow intuitive dance with the eyes closed
  3. 15 minutes of standing or sitting still, observing the prana moving through the body.
  4. 15 minutes of complete relaxation in Savasana

Mind Sweep mindful meditation is a 15 minute meditation done in nature. It’s a guided meditation which invites you to sweep away excess mind stuff, leaving space for some peace of mind. CLICK HERE TO TRY IT.

Feedback from students

It’s always interesting talking to my students about the different types of meditation they find more effective.  

Personally I find Dharana (focussing on one object to the exclusion of all others) very difficult. What happens for me is that I focus on that object, but then I become aware of all the other things happening simultaneously eg. The sounds outside the room, the temperature, the sensations in my body etc… in other words, I default back to mindfulness practice.

Some of my students are the opposite and they find concentrating on one object easier than open awareness. For them, having tighter boundaries is more helpful.  

This leads me to contemplate on how that manifests in our day to day lives. Some of us need structure, policies, and guidelines to feel safe and secure. Others feel constricted in that scenario and are much more able to relax when the boundaries are wider and there is plenty of space to roam.

Have you examined which type of meditation you are more at ease with? I’d love to know!

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