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Lesson 102 -
Importance of Smooth Long-Term Meditation Routine (Audio)
102.1 - Forcing the Mantra (Audio)
Date: Sun Feb 1, 2004 1:52pm
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Q: I've been struggling with the meditation and
it has been about 6 weeks now. Could I just have a lot of 'cleansing' to do
before I add the breathwork? I am not really reaching 'bliss' yet at all.
Still, I've been devoted to the 2-20 minute intervals and find that I am
subtley more calm but I still have many 'episodes' during the day where I am
not that calm...
Nonetheless, I am still very appreciative that
you've initiated this group and enlightenment of many. Just 5 years ago, I
felt so alone in this world... that my spiritual beliefs were not shared by
many because there were just too many that revered the Almighty Dollar over
Spirit. I used to pray almost daily at that time to have more like-minded
earth angels (or warriors as some like to call themselves) and happily I can
say that I've started to have much more Spirit in my life and it increases
A: It sounds like good things are happening, but
a more comfortable ride would be better for you. It is uncommon for
meditation to be rough on an ongoing basis. It could be a lot of
obstructions coming out, which is good, but more smoothness in and after
meditation is necessary if you are going to be motivated to stay with it for
the long haul.
Roughness could come from forcing the mantra,
coming out of meditation too fast, or maybe meditating too long for your
constitution. Ask yourself the following:
1. Am I picking up the
mantra easily, not forcing a particular pronunciation of it? Am I fighting
with thoughts to go back to the mantra? We want to be gentle with the
process, just easily favoring the mantra when we realize we are off it. It
does not have to be a clear pronunciation. In fact, if it goes naturally to
a very fuzzy pronunciation, that is just right. That is the mind taking us
naturally to stillness.
2. Am I getting up too
soon at the end of meditation? If we get up too soon, we can lock up
obstructions coming out during meditation, and that can give rise to
roughness in activity during the day. So we always take at least a few
minutes of quiet with no mantra at the end of meditation. If meditation has
been rough with a lot of thoughts and emotions coming out, then lie down for
five or ten minutes, however long it takes for the roughness to settle down.
That can make a big difference in our experiences during the day.
If smoothness in
meditation still doesn't come, try five minutes of spinal breathing before
meditation. If that does not bring some smoothness into meditation, then
back off the breathing. Try five or ten minutes of yoga postures before
meditation. That can help smooth meditation too.
If none of the above
helps smooth things out, then consider trying fifteen minutes of meditation
twice a day instead of twenty minutes.
These are just
suggestions on different things to try. Experiment with it and see if you
can find a smooth rhythm. The ideal routine will have asanas, pranayama and
meditation in that order. The times can vary a bit, but typical would be
5,10 and 20 minutes in that order. You have to find your own balance and
Once you do, then you can go on with your routine for many years, adding on
additional advanced yoga practices along the way. Then much progress is
assured. You are tasting inner silence now. That is wonderful. Now the thing
is to grow steadily in That (pure bliss consciousness) over the long haul
without falling off the track of practices due to discomfort from too much
purification happening too fast. You are the one behind the wheel, so drive
smart and smooth.
I wish you all success on your journey, "earth
angel." You've got lots of company these days.
The guru is in you.
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