10 Secrets for Better Meditation

    A cool body is the secret to a cool mind. There are many more such
    simple secrets to a great meditation practice. Here are 10 secrets,
    especially designed for those who practice yogic or tantric meditation the
    way the ancient masters intended it.

    1. Cool body, cool mind. Loose clothing, open soul. Before meditation,
    clean your body, mouth and stomach by taking a bath, gargling, etc. If
    you meditate immediately after taking bath, your body and mind will feel
    fresh and awake. During the day or evening, you may take a yogic half
    bath (vyapak shaocha) by cooling arms, face, navel, neck and feet with
    cool water. Also cleanse the mouth and nose with water. Heavy eating, or
    eating the wrong foods, may result in constipation or indigestion, which
    will make you sleepy. Wear clean, loose clothing. Tight pants will prevent
    you from sitting longer. A lungi (sarong) is an excellent type of clothing for
    both men and women during meditation.

    2. Sacred space, silent mind. Sit on a meditation blanket or pillow
    made of wool or any other non- conductive material. Keep one blanket
    that is only used for your personal meditation. Use a wool blanket,
    because wool is a good insulator from the electrical currents in the earth.
    Create a sacred “pitha” in your place of spiritual practices by only using it
    for meditation or study of spiritual scriptures. Do not meditate on your
    bed, as it will tend to make you sleepy. Keep one room, or at least part of
    a room, where there is no activity except meditation. It need not be a
    large space—3-4 square feet in a corner is sufficient. By doing your daily
    meditation there, you will gradually create a strong, spiritual vibration, so
    that merely sitting there will elevate your mind.

    3. Straight spine, concentrated mind. Although meditation is relaxing,
    it is not the same as relaxation, so maintain alertness by sitting with a
    straight spine. When your spine is completely straight, it can easier carry
    the spiritual energy of the kundalini. By raising your head high and sitting
    erect, our mind will be alert and awake. Relaxing your back somewhat,
    allowing your spine to curve even a little, will likely cause your mind to
    become drowsy and wander.

    4. Slow breath, deep soul. Breathe slowly and deeply. Yogic and tantric
    scriptures state that controlling the breath is the key to controlling the
    prana (vital energy of the body), and controlling the prana is the key to
    controlling the mind. Do not hold your breath or strain, but allow your
    breathing to naturally become slower and deeper. This will gradually
    induce a deeper and deeper state of calm, concentration and bliss.

    5. Sacred books, sacred spirit. Maintain spiritual flow by reading
    spiritual books daily.

    6. Open eyes, focused mind. Repeat your mantra or sing kirtan as
    much as possible throughout the day. Repeating your mantra with your
    eyes open is called Ardha Iishvara Pranidhana, or half meditation; it gives
    the sadhaka the benefits of mantra repetition without the full benefits of
    closing and stilling all the sensory and motor organs. It is not a substitute
    for full meditation, but it will maintain the vibration of your mantra in the
    mind, and thus will give you deeper sadhana when you do sit.

    7. Mantra dance, mantra flow. Dance kiirtan daily by singing loudly.
    When we dance kiirtan before meditation all our sensory and motor
    organs become stimulated with the spiritual wave of the mantras. Let
    yourself go!

    8. Lonely space, silent mind. Perform meditation in a quiet and lonely
    place in the forest, mountains or by the ocean on a regular basis.

    9. Spiritual friends, spiritual flow. Have satsanga (spiritual company of
    friends) as much as possible. To be in the company of other yogis
    sharing experiences and stories helps in keeping our mind in a spiritual
    flow.

    10. Hatha yoga for mind and spirit. Perform asanas daily. Practicing
    yoga postures daily is essential in maintaining healthy glands and
    balanced secretions of hormones. Slow asana postures, breathing slowly
    and holding the breath at particular intervals, is the most conducive yoga
    practice to meditation. (Hot and fast flowing yoga is not!) The gradual
    flexing of the body that takes place during asanas helps greatly in sitting
    motionlessly in meditation for longer periods.

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    Sent to me Krsnananda
    www.anandakalyani.org
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