Transcendental Meditation TM
One very popular meditation technique is TM transcendental meditation. It is usually the style I begin all my meditations with. Now there are other techniques I use as well such as vipassana meditation which is a style where you scan your entire physical body and transcend the mind, body and breath. You basically are just observing various sensations in the body like hot or cold, pleasant or unpleasant sensations, sharp or tingly. Another name for it is just body scan meditation.
Another technique I use in meditation is deep contemplation. It can be around any major issue in your life that is currently holding you back or it can be a contemplation of death, who am I, or why am I here. Another technique I use is for visualization where I picture how my life will be 1 year from now. And there are many other styles which I will later delve into.
How to do Transcendental Meditation TM?
With transcendental meditation, you basically want to sit down and close your eyes to begin. Notice your breath going in and out. Notice the pauses before you inhale and before you exhale. Notice everything you can about your breath. Does your chest feel tight around on the exhale? Does your stomach have knots during the inhale? Is your body tense during the pauses? Whatever is going on during your breath just be aware of it and observe it without trying to change it, judge it or criticize it. When you’re breathing and just observing then you are doing a perfect job. You are being.
During this watchful process which is not something we are taught to do from a young age, you will begin to experience a new way of living or to put more accurately a new way of being. Now that you are focussing your awareness on your breath and not on your mind images or thoughts or sensations in the body you will begin to transcend your mind, body and breath. Be patient because stilling the mind does take time.
For many it will seem like your mind does not want to settle. It’s the child-like side of us that is always jumping up and down screaming for attention. Normally in the manner most people live their lives they will attend to the child’s screaming voice and become consumed in it all day long. Whatever the child wants and desires he must have it or else he will suffer. And even after he gets his desire he will only temporarily be satisfied and it’s only a matter of time before he kicks and screams his new desire. Similar to the child screaming analogy for the mind the body functions the same way.
When you are experiencing sadness, anger, jealousy or hatred these are all feelings and sensations that most would describe as being unpleasant. What happens for most people is that they want to immediately change this unpleasant feeling to a pleasant one. We never say I am just going to sit here and EXPERIENCE this sadness or anger to its fullest and find out what it’s all about. The feeling although unpleasant is telling you something. This is actually what feelings are for. They are giving us an indication as to what we are thinking and that ultimately tells us what our beliefs are.
People will handle their sadness and anger by numbing themselves and they hope the feeling will just go away. They watch TV, get on the internet, and pick up their smartphone, eat some junk food, sexual pleasure, drugs and alcohol. This identification with the body and its transient feelings limit us.
“We are much more than a physical body and mind.”
TM transcendental meditation will teach you to transcend your body and mind. You will reach higher levels of consciousness where you will experience profound bliss, joy and wisdom. You will form a union with your essence and you will see yourself as a part of God. No longer will you call yourself your mind, your thoughts, your body or your feelings. These are just tools in our toolbox. Remember to always come back to the breath and observe it without changing it or judging it. That is the Golden rule of meditation.