You may have been practicing meditation regularly but have you noticed that at times, when you sit to meditate, your mind seems to take get tangled in your world of thoughts? Learning how to meditate is the first step, however, to have deeper experiences in meditation, you need to learn more ways.
Following these 6 tips can help you make your meditation deeper.
- Bring a smile to another face
- Experience the sound of silence
- Pamper your body with some yoga twists
- Watch what you eat
- Sing to yourself
- Fix your daily meditation time
1. Bring a smile to another face
Extending a hand of help to those in need is always a satisfying feeling. When you reach out to people who need that help or assistance, then you feel happy and a burst of positive energy happens within you. The reason for this expansion of the Self is because when you do service and bring a smile to someone’s face, good vibrations and blessings come to you.
2. Experience the sound of silence
Whenever you see a sunrise, with your gaze fixed at the vast, serene sky, observe how you feel the deep silence within, oneness with the rising sun and serenity of the early morning. These few moments of stillness and silence immersed in the beauty without you beyond words, to the beauty within.
This happens because in silence, there are fewer thoughts and your mind settles down. Most of the times, the mind is busy in a chatter and our senses are busy collecting information and bombarding us with so many thoughts and impressions.
Silence complements meditation. When you are silent, your mind slows down and you slip into deep meditation more easily. An easy way to experience silence and meditation together is the Art of Living advanced meditation program.
3. Pamper your body with some yoga twists
Have you observed that some days you feel very restless during your meditation and are unable to go deeper? This is because long working hours bring stiffness to the body and aches, which make you restless. Doing some yoga asanas can free you from this stiffness and release restlessness. With this, your mind settles down and allows you to have a deeper experience in meditation.
4. Watch what you eat
Think about the days you have meditated after having oily, fried, non-vegetarian food and the days you meditated after having light and healthy food. If you observe, there is a difference in the quality of your meditation. It is because your food has a direct impact on the state of your mind.
As a meditator, an ideal diet should include grains, green vegetables, fresh fruits, salads, soups, etc., essentially foods that are light and easy to digest and high in prana (life force).
This also depends on your body type.
5. Sing to yourself
It is a known fact that different types of music trigger different emotions. We are made up of approximately 90% of space, so the sound has a profound effect on us. Singing in satsangs (spiritual gatherings) purifies emotions and you feel a sense of expansion in you. The ‘little mind’ that chatters incessantly is silenced and when you meditate, you have a deeper experience.
6. Fix your daily meditation time
Keeping a discipline and honoring the practice are keys to having a deeper experience in meditation. Regularly meditating every day at a fixed time can unravel the magic of going deeper into meditation.
Experience the meditation and deep relaxation with this online guided meditation.
Inspired by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s wisdom talks
Based on inputs from Priyadarshini Hariram, Faculty, The Art of Living.
Practicing meditation regularly alleviates you from stress-related problems, deeply relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the system. The Art of Living’s Sahaj Samadhi Meditation is a specially crafted program to help you tap into your unlimited potential by diving deep within yourself.
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