Meditation is a technology that benefits body, mind, and soul. Through inner exploration, meditation awakens creativity, healing, and transformation. We spend most of our lives looking outward to the world of form and phenomena, believing that the source of happiness, peace, and fulfillment lies external to ourselves. During meditation, we expand our internal reference point from local to non-local, from constricted to expanded awareness, from ego to a field of ever-present witnessing awareness. Meditation allows us to explore our essential nature, restoring the memory of wholeness in our lives.
Meditation is not about forcing your mind to be quiet, rather it’s a process to rediscover the quietness that’s already there. Behind the turbulence of your thoughts (between 50,000 to 80,000 daily) there is silence, a silence that is not disturbed by the past or concerns of the future. We tend to think of meditation as a program for stress management. Stress is caused by encountering obstacles to the fulfillment of our desires. Sure, meditation will aid you in managing your stress, but the real gift in meditation is that we find out who we really are.
There are no fast and hard rules for meditation, there is no right or wrong way. The most important ingredient is to be comfortable, and to allow yourself to witness your experiences without judgement. There are many methods of meditation, such as following the breath, the SO-HUM meditation, repetition of a mantra or sound are other forms. There are also special meditations for children, or for people with various challenges. Any way that works for you is the right way.
Primordial Sound Meditation is derived from the yoga tradition of India, and is a method that I teach in addition to breath meditation and So-Hum. I invite you to visit regularly to learn more about Meditation, it is a journey to expanded awareness. Remember any way that takes you into the silence of your intrinsic nature, is the right way for you. It is important to remember that meditation is not an intellectual process. In fact, the less you try to control the process, the greater the benefits.
Deborah Shemesh-Chopra Center Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor