I have been practicing meditation for over 4 years now. I have experimented with different styles of meditation. It has become a big part of my daily life. I practice meditation for my own personal fulfillment rather than for the benefits.
Meditation does have a lot of benefits. But here’s the thing, if you are meditating just for the sake of the benefits, it can have the reverse effect on you. Let’s suppose that you start meditating daily to experience the benefits. The first day — no benefit (duh!). One week passed — no benefit. One month passed — still no benefit. Now what? You give up. You start to think, “This is not working out for me. Maybe I’m not doing it correctly. Maybe this is not for me.”
This has happened to me several times. I have quit meditation because I wasn’t seeing any benefits. So I thought, “What’s the point of it if there is no benefit?” Later on, I realized that I was wrong to seek the benefits of meditation. If you want the benefits of meditation, don’t look for them. Instead, trust the process and be consistent. The results will show if you do so. And, that is exactly what happened to me.
I won’t tell you what benefits I got from meditation because like I said, you will begin to look for them instead of focusing on the process. Meditation is a unique experience for every individual. By practicing the same meditation, one might feel good and the other might not. One might have a delightful experience while the other might be struggling with it.
This is one of the reasons that we are not allowed to speak or have eye contact with other people during the 10-day Vipassana meditation course.
Meditation Practice You Need To Try Out
I would like to share with you a meditation practice that I discovered after doing several experiments. For starters, it can be difficult to understand what to do and what not to do. There is a lot of information out there that might confuse many people. Some say, “focus on your breath.” Others say, “empty your mind.” What exactly are we supposed to do? Things can get messed up.
As I said, this practice that I am going to talk about is something I discovered myself. I don’t know if there is a name for it or not. I’m sharing it with you because it made me feel good. I was able to remain in a high-vibration mode while doing this meditation practice. Here’s how I discovered it and how you need to try it as well:
A few months ago, I was searching for Buddhist chants/mantras on YouTube. I came across this most common one – Buddham Saranam Gacchami. I’m sure most of you have heard this chant while visiting Buddhist temples. I listened to it for a while (not during meditation) and I felt very relaxed. So I heard it several times on repeat.
That night, I decided to play it during my meditation session. I had never tried meditating with music or chants. It was the first time. Usually, when I meditate, my mind wanders in different places. But, that night was no ordinary session. My mind was still and I entered into a different zone. I could feel that I was vibrating at a higher level. The music and the chanting were so relaxing. I had never felt anything like that before. After it was over, my reaction was, “What the hell just happened?” I sat there quietly for about a few minutes thinking and feeling — taking it all in.
Ever since that night, I have been practicing my evening meditation with this chant. Sometimes, I listen to different chants (but of a similar kind). This practice has been one of the best meditation practices I have tried. As I said, I don’t know if there’s a name for it and I don’t really care. It works for me. It makes me feel good. So I will keep doing it.
Over the years, I have experimented with a lot of different meditation practices. During the initial days, I used to believe that I had to stick with a specific practice. But as I practiced more, I have understood this one thing;
Do more of what makes you feel good.
Feeling good and thinking positive thoughts are two of the most important lessons I have learned in life. These help me stay in a high-vibration mode.
Keep experimenting with different styles of meditation. Practice more of the ones which make you feel good.
Also, you don’t have to use the same chant that I used. Experiment and identify the one that works best for you. There are a lot of chants, mantras, audios, and guided meditations available online.
Don’t Forget This
Again, just because this practice worked for me doesn’t mean that it will work for you too. You might say that my technique is wrong or that this is not a real practice of meditation. I don’t care. In fact, ever since I have started this practice, I have noticed that my life has improved. I feel more mindful. My focus has improved. I have become more productive.
I know I said that I wasn’t going to discuss the benefits. But these are only a few of the benefits of this particular practice. I practice two different forms of meditation every day — one in the morning and the other at night (which is the one I just discussed). So it could be that I am benefiting from both forms of meditation practice.
If you are a beginner, don’t overthink and just start with the basic breathing exercises. You can give my technique a go. But remember to be consistent. Don’t look for the benefits or the results. Have faith. Keep doing the work and be consistent, the results will show.