Improving your Meditation

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1. Music for Meditation.

If music is soulful and peaceful it brings our soul to the fore. When we hear soulful meditative music our inner being begins to aspire for a deeper and more meaningful reality. This aspiration to reach a more fulfilling, expansive consciousness is the real secret of meditation. When we have a burning inner flame then our meditation technique becomes of little importance. When we are inwardly aspiring for peace, light and joy our soul meditates spontaneously on our behalf. Music can definitely awaken our slumbering inner spirit.

“Each time we hear soulful music, we get inspiration and delight. In the twinkling of an eye, music can elevate our consciousness.” (1)

– Sri Chinmoy

Music for meditation can give us real inspiration but we should make sure the music is composed and played in a meditative consciousness. If the music creates restlessness and excitement then this will not help in any way our meditation.

2. Meditate on Nature.

Nature embodies a dynamic peace. The beauty, expanse and scale of nature are very conducive to meditation. The Spiritual Master Sri Ramakrishna told his disciples to always meditate when they came across an expanse of water. Water signifies consciousness and purity; this consciousness and purity are the essence of meditation. If we can meditate at the ocean’s edge we will also feel a sense of infinity and expanse. It is hard for the human mind to conceive of concepts like infinity and immortality, but when we see the ocean stretching into the distance we can definitely be inspired by this concept of infinity.

3. Meditate with an adept of Meditation.

If we can have the opportunity to meditate with a real expert in meditation we will definitely feel something in their meditation. When we meditate in the presence of a real Spiritual Master we can benefit from the peace and light that they bring down. If we do not have the opportunity to meditate in the presence of a living spiritual master we can meditate on the photo of some Teacher, whom we have the utmost faith. If the photo was taken during meditation the picture will embody a meditative consciousness. If we can enter into this meditative consciousness it will bring our own inner meditative power to the fore. This consciousness is the secret of meditation.

4. Meditate with others.

If we meditate in a group with other like minded people who enjoy meditation we will gain increased inspiration and confidence in the power of meditation. If we only meditate on our own it can feel like we are battling against the world. However when we meditate in a group our own meditation will be heightened because we benefit from the meditative consciousness that occurs in a group meditation.

5. Regularity.

If we meditate on a regular basis then we will gain an increased meditative capacity. We should not be in a hurry to judge our own meditation. If we feel we have meditated badly and start feeling we are hopeless then we will definitely lose inspiration. Instead we should feel that each time we meditate there is a golden opportunity to feed our inner being. Even if we don’t feel as if we are making much progress, we should remember that each time we meditate, we are taking an important and necessary step to improving our own meditation.

References

(1) From: Music: God’s Universal Language by Sri Chinmoy

Photo Credit: Sharani Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

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40 thoughts on “Improving your Meditation”

  1. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ON HOW TO CONTROL MY SELF FROM ANGER AND TO FIND PEAC WITH IN MY SELF I HAVE LONGED FOR IT NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH OTHERS AND MOST INPORTANT MYSELF

  2. Hi!!! may i say what a great website. I stumbled accross it whilst looking for reasons that my energy is low. im always looking for inspiration and new ways for my development as a spiritual being

  3. I NEED HELP.. I CANT TAKE THIS ANGER OUT OF ME.. ANGER THAT EMPOWERS ME AT THE SAME TIME MAKES ME WEAK.. I MEDITATE BUT HATRED OVERWHELMES ME.. I NEED HELP..

  4. i really want to start meditating, i want to help myself, am so overwhelmed by anger and hatred and need to start dealing with it, pls help i also want to help my 10 yr daughter who has been through a lot at her age, she has more anger and is getting her distroyed.

  5. im realy looking forword towards meditation as an anger control measure , i hope it will help n thank for mediatation music

  6. i look forward to mediatation every day now!! it has helped me so far!! just scared that the anger will find me agian

  7. Just need to feel better about life and hope that madition will help. thank you so much for this website.

  8. pls suggest something on meditation exercises and music…i want to distroy this anger bfr it destroys me…pls’help!

  9. I often listen to “Structures from Silence” by Steve Roach … a classic from 1984 that you can get on iTunes. (That’s the name of the album and also the particular piece I use to meditate). It’s about 25 minutes long, perfect for a meditation session if you include getting ready, calming your mind etc. There’s a wonderful “breathing” quality to the pace of the music that really works for me! Google it!

  10. Thanx! this was great. My parents make me so mad with they’re criticism, I can’t wait till next week. no them! anyway, this has really helped me calm down.

  11. I was lying in bed this morning after a sleepless night of anger as someone at work had really angered me. It took me sometime to realise that it was anger that I was feeling rather than anxiety. I began to look up anger on the internet and came across this site. The great words of wisdom have really helped me to get it all into perspective, so thank you for such a good direction. Thank you Tejvan. You have put me back on track to meditate again as I frequently just fail to do it. You have helped me recognise and to deal with my anger in a wise way.

  12. your write ups is highly recommendable. . Mediatation as you have already pointed out is a very interesting strategy for battling anger. I am a type that is always angry, but i will chip in some things that is helping me to become less angry. These things says:

    Anger will only mar one. The apostle paul in his letter to the ephesians 4 verse 26, he stated clearly that we should be angry, but he latter warned us not to allow anger overwhelm us. Taking a cursory look at ecclesiastics 4 verse 9, you will agree alongside with the bible, that anger is only present in the minds of fools. Even psalms 37 verse 8 warned us against anger. Mediatating on these bible portions will help us to stop been angry. Above all, we need to pray constantly to God for help, for with him nothing is impossible. May Our creator, whose name is jehovah remain a faithful one.

  13. Im so overwhelmed with anger, to the point that my girlfriend is even afraid to make me angry knowing how angry I get. I never had anger issues before. I don’t wanna loose my girlfriend, and I see if I don’t deal with this anger soon it will consume me.

    Need serious help!!

  14. Hello I am a 19 year old male who is constantly stressed out of my mind which usually leads to being angry a lot more than I want to be. I need help as I don’t know where else to turn and I just want this anger of mine to leave me please help…

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