In his writings and talks, Sri Chinmoy offered many different meditation techniques – from simple tips to still the mind – to the use of mantra, music and visualisation.
An example exercise to transcend the mind and invoke the soul
“In order to purify your mind, the best thing to do is to feel every day for a few minutes during your meditation that you have no mind. Say to yourself, “I have no mind, I have no mind. What I have is the heart.” Then after some time feel, “I don’t have a heart. What I have is the soul.” When you say, “I have the soul,” at that time you will be flooded with purity.”
– Sri Chinmoy
222 Meditation Exercises
222 Meditation Exercises is a compilation of over 200 different techniques from the writings of Sri Chinmoy.
With a wide range of different exercises, there is enough variety for any seeker to find some meditations which work for him.
It also mentions some of the factors which can help make meditation a more integral part of someone’s daily life – through cultivating qualities such as aspiration, gratitude and determination.
The exercises can be a good way for people to give a new focus to their own meditation.
“Inside our heart-garden are all our divine qualities. They are like beautiful and fragrant flowers. First, repeat to yourself, “I am inside my heart-garden.” Try to see and feel all the beautiful flowers there. Then say, “I am my heart-garden. All the divine flowers inside my heart-garden are part and parcel of my own self.”
– Extract by Sri Chinmoy
The importance of meditation techniques
Meditation is an individual experience. Through developing a regular personal practise, seekers will find ways of meditation which ultimately work for them. Sri Chinmoy says the secret of meditation is for the seekers own soul to come to the fore and it is our own soul which will teach us how to meditate. However, in the beginning we value different techniques and guided meditations which help us to silence the mind and bring forward the heart and soul.
More info on: The Meditation Book
The book is well laid out, with excellent pictures and a feeling of simplicity and purity which is conducive to giving a good inspiration to our meditation. It is the kind of book which can be dipped into at regular intervals, allowing the reader to choose the exercises which appeal to them.