Guided Vedic Meditation
Vedic Meditation technique can be traced back to its roots of the Vedas, which are ancient Indian texts that form the basis for Yoga and Ayurveda. Vedic Rounding, unlike Buddhist mindfulness methods, does not entail reflection or the effort to think compassionate thoughts. To calm the mind, a chant is used instead. It’s an effective step for fostering relaxation and concentration. Some simple Vedic Meditation techniques will help you in becoming more calm, transparent, and insightful.
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How Can One Practice Vedic Meditation?
The History of World Meditation Day can be uncovered via the History of Meditation itself. In around 1500 BCE meditation was first found and spoken in India and since then it has been an integral part of many religions. It plays a vital role in many religions all around the globe, especially in Buddhism. But meditation is not a religion and it is practised by people who are neither religious nor spiritual, as they meditate to ease the stress and clear their mind.
Vedic Meditation practitioners use a mantra, a word or sound which has no meaning at all and that is silently repeated in their minds. This allows them to become more aware of their normal compulsive and repetitive thought patterns (the never-ending to-do lists, remembering to revert back to a mail, wondering what to make for supper), etc.
It’s a pretty straightforward practice:
- You have to sit in a comfortable chair, your back supported, and your eyes closed.
- You have to allow your mind to relax into progressively quieter states of consciousness.
- Breathing deeply a few times will help you relax.
- In your head, you unconsciously repeat a mantra (a single short word with no literal meaning).
- When other thoughts arise, gently and nonjudgmentally guide your attention back to the mantra.
- There is no singing, focusing, concentrating, or thinking required, and you don’t have to control the mind in any way.
- You can do it twice a day, for a total of 20 minutes each session.
- For those twenty minutes, be absolutely at ease and neutral in whatever your mind is doing.
Because you never have to ‘try’ to meditate, the practice of Vedic Meditation feels natural, simple, and effortless. You never feel compelled to try to block out thoughts or focus on objects. In order to experience the deepest states of your awareness, you won’t need apps, headphones, or any other technology. You won’t be told to “think about this and now picture that” in order to put yourself in a good mood. Time will pass by, and you’ll soon be able to meditate almost anywhere, regardless of how noisy, busy, or bright it is.
Is There a Specific Vedic Meditation Mantra?
Many people believe their minds (in reality their schedules) are too busy to meditate, particularly if they’ve tried a “clear your mind” technique. It’s almost impossible to clear your mind of any clutter or thoughts. To meditate; you simply need to place your attention on a Meditation key – in this case of Vedic Meditation, your mantra – whenever you remember to do so during your Meditation.
Mantras are wordless sounds that guide the mind from thinking and talking. Vedic Meditation is something you cannot really learn on your own or by watching a YouTube video. You need mentors and teachers who have learnt this practice for years. They learn how to teach Vedic Meditation and they will give you your personal mantra. Teachers with VM training can detect each practitioner’s unique sound when they encounter them, just as an Ayurvedic expert can read doshas. Your mantra is yours alone. Receiving it is regarded as a sacred act. And, it is said that revealing it weakens its strength.
Types of Meditation
Meditation may have been an ancient ritual, but still has a sense of peace and inner harmony in cultures all over the world. While practice is related to many religious beliefs, Meditation is not so much about faith but about changing conscience, awareness, and peace.
In present days, Meditation is becoming more common with the greater need to relieve tension in our busy schedules and demanding lives. While there is no correct or incorrect way to meditate, it is important to find a practise that will suit your needs and add to your personality.
Ideally, there are 9 popular types of Meditation practice, but its not limited to these:
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Spiritual Meditation
- Focused Meditation
- Movement Meditation
- Mantra Meditation
- Transcendental Meditation
- Progressive Relaxation
- Loving-kindness Meditation
- Visualization Meditation
You cannot practice all the 9 types or let alone any 3 of them. You see, not all Meditation styles are the perfect match for everyone. These practices require various skills, attitudes, comfort level, and mindsets. The question is how do you find a practice that is right for you?
To put it simply, it is something in which you feel relaxed, comfortable, and you feel encouraged to practice it. There are three things that are essential to form a habit and when you find those three things in a specific Meditation style, stick to it.
- Gives you some immediate positive feedback or a slightly rewarding feeling.
- A vision of how that specific type will benefit you in the long term.
- Does not have any obstacles for you to simply do it every day.
Benefits of Vedic Meditation
Vedic Meditation is a practice in India that has been used for thousands of years. The benefits of Vedic rolling are best to fit your schedule!
Practice Makes You Perfect
When thoughts come up, return softly to your mantra instead of acknowledging them and letting them go as we do in mindfulness Meditation. With time, the practice will help you switch to a purely conscious state of inner gratification. You can use a mantra such as: “I am content and happy that I am able to retain clarity of thought and perspective, even though things seem to be going haywire.”
Especially For Busy People
Vedic Meditation is tailored to the needs of people who lead busy lives. Every day, practitioners meditate for 40 minutes: 20 minutes in the morning and another 20 minutes in the evening. It’s possible to do it almost anywhere. Simply sit in a comfortable upright position with your back supported. Close your eyes and repeat your mantra before you lose track of time, release tension, and relax.
Soothes a Busy Mind and Soul
By practising Vedic Meditation, stress hormones like cortisol are minimised and brain waves are regulated in a meditative state of rest. It also produces hormones such as oxytocin, DHEA, GABA, and melatonin that are helpful. You may benefit from neuroplasticity, the brain’s capacity to adapt and learn from new experiences, with consistent practise. The brain can rewire itself into a calmer, more conscious, and less reactive state over time.
The Bottom Line
Whether you want to relieve tension or achieve spiritual enlightenment, find stillness or flow-through movement, there’s a Meditation practice for you, that matches your personality, your busy schedule, and which will help you overall.
Don’t be afraid of stepping out of your bubble and comfort zone and try new stuff. It’s always a matter of trial and error before you find the right one.
Meditation isn’t supposed to be forced. If we force it, it will become a chore. So you should know that gentle, consistent practice becomes enduring, supportive, and enjoyable over time.
Allow yourself to be shocked by the possibilities. There are so many different styles of Meditation to choose from that if one isn’t working or you’re not happy with it, try another.