...how to meditate and different methods of doing so. I found the spiritual connection was strongest when I attended the Sahaja Yoga group meditation and I will consider making this a more regular habit in the future.
For now I feel the meditation that I do with my yoga practice is more than successful in helping me relax and manage my stress. I need to make sure I get back to my daily evening practice as then I am less rushed than in the morning.
I think I can check this one off now!
Last night I tried a new yoga dvd and it had a meditation practice on it. I found it to be one of the most focussed one I have attempted yet. It explained the ujjayi pranayama breathing technique then in the meditation you visualised breathing up the spine – hold – then back down the spine – hold. My mind did not wander at all.
I still have not found quite the right style/time/practice of meditation for me but I will keep exploring until something feels right.
Found some interesting articles here: http://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/index.cfm?ctsrc=tnav
I am feeling more confident to develop a style and practice of meditation that suit me and works for me on a practical and spiritual level.
Well today I did not get up early enough to meditate (just about managed 10 mins of yoga) but I’m going to try again tomorrow – I am determined to get a regular routine going!
Instead I did a lunchtime meditation with my friend who introduced me to Sahaja yoga – I find being guided so much easier – hopefully with practice I will become more comfortable with doing it on my own.
....it went a little wrong.
I put on a guided meditation cd….and then fell asleep.
I really need to be sitting up but it is so cold in the mornings to get out of bed.
I’m going to try and actually get out of bed tomorrow morning!
Today I tried three quite different meditations….
I did a 45 minute ‘Chakra Meditation’. The woman’s voice was slightly irritating and I’m not sure this type of meditation is for me. However, I have to confess I think I fell asleep for some of it so I think I need to try and do it again sitting instead of lying down!
I also listened to the sample ‘Holosync’ cd from Centerpointe. I loved the bit with no talking – apparently it uses neuro-audios technology to induce deep meditation – all you listen to is rain noise and wind chimes. Shame the phone rang though!
Then I tried ‘Two Sitting Meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn’ (mindfulness meditation). I found I was completely focussed on my breathing for the duration of the first meditation (10 minutes) and the second one (20 minutes). I think the latter would be my preferred choice as it begins to included body focus and I think that would be particularly useful for me.
My plan for now is to wake up a little earlier than usual and do either the 10 or 20 minute ones followed by some yoga. Then I need to figure out a good evening routine – I’m thinking some more yoga followed by the Sahaja yoga meditation which I really like – I need to learn it well enough to do it alone as at the moment I can only do it guided by eith my friend or the website (although it hard to have a proper meditation when you keep having to open your eyes to click ‘next’)!
I want to find the meditations that are right for me and then I definitely need to master my routines to make meditation and yoga habitual practices.
My friend Jen came round tonight and guided me through a short mediatation with her. I find it so rewarding – I would like to get into a daily habit but I think it will take me a while to get the hand of meditating properly alone and also finding a good time. I will get there though.
On Thursday evening I went to a meditation meeting with my friend from work (who has been meditating for ten years) and my mum.
It was a really interesting experience – we had a beginners talk giving some info and then we joined the others for a guided meditation. I felt it was a lot stronger than the last time. I really felt the energy rising within me and it was a really pleasant feeling. Then we had a workshop where someone ‘worked on my energy’ – I was sceptical but it was very enjoyable nevertheless and I certainly felt amazingly relaxed afterwards.
I’m not sure I will go to that particular one again as it was a 45 min drive and some of the people were a little too ‘alternative’ for me but my friend has a meeting at her house once a week with a smaller group of people who are in similar professions as us so I might give that one a try!
The last few nights I have completed these meditations – mainly I just end up visualising a lot of colours! A few interesting things have come to me though – like a burning desire to draw which I have never even thought of before!
I am finding myself using the breathing relaxations at other times though – like 5 mins sitting in the car – feeling good!
I have been reading a book my mum lent me called ‘The Invitation’. It has some suggestions for short, focussed meditations – so far I have completed meditations on desire and fear. Unfortunately though I always seem to either get interrupted or fall asleep! I think it will take some repeating to have a deeper meditation.
I’m really enjoying the book though and looking forward to trying some more.