How to go into deep meditation? The key is to have the right “meditation warm up” and the right attitude during practice. These are things that make a big difference, but are rarely mentioned.
When it’s time for your sitting session, you can simply sit down and start. That’s what I was doing in the first few years of my practice. Or you can take a couple of minutes to center and “prepare” yourself – and your meditation session will be more pleasant and quiet.
I took me a long time to learn these hacks or “tricks”, and I wish I had known them before. That’s why I decided to write about them, so you can shortcut your learning curve, and experience deep meditation sessions more often.
The first three tips are part of the preparation process and can take from two 20 minutes – it’s entirely up to you. You don’t need to go through all these elements, but I found that each of them is helpful.
The fourth and fifth tips are attitudes that you can develop during practice that will aid your concentration. And the last two ones is about what you do after your practice.
How to meditate deeply?
Make sure you have a good preparation, or “warm up”, before the practice. This includes fully relaxing the body, practicing some rounds of deep breathing, creating a pleasant mental state, and having a strong intention to go deep into your meditation. (Read the full article for more details.)
What does meditation feel like?
Different techniques have a different “feel” to it, and it also depends on how deep you are able to go. In general, however, there is a sense of being perfectly calm, centered and focused. You feel content in the present moment, clear and aware.
Bring a smile to another face
Extending a hand of help to those in need is always a satisfying feeling. When you reach out to people who need that help or assistance, then you feel happy and a burst of positive energy happens within you. The reason for this expansion of the Self is because when you do service and bring a smile to someone’s face, good vibrations and blessings come to you.
Service also brings merit and it is this merit that allows you to have a deeper experience in meditation.
Experience the sound of silence
Whenever you see a sunrise, with your gaze fixed at the vast, serene sky, observe how you feel the deep silence within, oneness with the rising sun and serenity of the early morning. These few moments of stillness and silence immersed in the beauty without you beyond words, to the beauty within.
This happens because in silence, there are fewer thoughts and your mind settles down. Most of the times, the mind is busy in a chatter and our senses are busy collecting information and bombarding us with so many thoughts and impressions.
Silence complements meditation. When you are silent, your mind slows down and you slip into deep meditation more easily. An easy way to experience silence and meditation together is the Art of Living Part-2 program.
Pamper your body with some yoga twists
Have you observed that some days you feel very restless during your meditation and are unable to go deeper? This is because long working hours bring stiffness to the body and aches, which make you restless. Doing some yoga asanas can free you from this stiffness and release restlessness. With this, your mind settles down and allows you to have a deeper experience in meditation. 4
Watch what you eat
Think about the days you have meditated after having oily, fried, non-vegetarian food and the days you meditated after having light and healthy food. If you observe, there is a difference in the quality of your meditation. It is because your food has a direct impact on the state of your mind.
As a meditator, an ideal diet should include grains, green vegetables, fresh fruits, salads, soups, etc., essentially foods that are light and easy to digest and high in prana (life force). 5
Sing to yourself
It is a known fact that different types of music trigger different emotions. We are made up of approximately 90% of space, so sound has a profound effect on us. Singing in satsangs (spiritual gatherings) purifies emotions and you feel a sense of expansion in you. The ‘little mind’ that chatters incessantly is silenced and when you meditate, you have a deeper experience.
Know more about how music can lead you into a deep meditation experience. 6
Fix your daily meditation time
Keeping a discipline and honoring the practice are keys to having a deeper experience in meditation. Regularly meditating every day at a fixed time can unravel the magic of going deeper into meditation.
Normal Meditation And Deep Meditation
Regular meditation is easier. You sit still, eyes closed, and focus your thoughts on a sound or object (a popular point of focus is the breath). With meditation music, meditation is even easier. You can do it anytime, anywhere the mood strikes you or you need to unplug from the world for a while. Regular meditation calms and relaxes you. You become generally happier, calmer, more self-controlled and more peaceful from a daily meditation practice.
After a while, you may desire to go deeper. You may hear about experienced meditates wanting to “deepen their practice” and develop even stronger focus, self-mastery and proper techniques in order to feel unity with all creation and expand their consciousness.
How To Go Deep
While you can meditate anywhere with meditation audio, deep meditation requires quiet, peaceful, private and comfortable surroundings. You shouldn’t be distracted by temperature (or weather, if you’re outside), other people, background noises, etc.
2. Proper Posture
The right posture defines how your energy moves during meditation. Sitting tall with your back unsupported, hands in the lap, and legs crossed, moves energy freely along the body’s energy centers or meridians (chakras). You don’t have to sit in full Lotus if it’s uncomfortable, but sprawling on the sofa or lying in bed won’t achieve the same powerful results.
Use binaural beats to enter meditation, but focus your full attention on the soundtrack instead of allowing your mind to wander. It’s best to play the soundtrack very quietly (choose the one that makes you most peaceful). Volume doesn’t matter since the binaural beats are inaudible to the ears anyway. The important thing is to shift your attention inward and detach from awareness of the external world and even your own body.
4. Immerse Yourself
Strive to hear every note, every silence between notes. Don’t allow any thoughts to distract you. Bring your focus back to the meditation audio, again and again, until the mind begins to relax and relinquish control by becoming quieter. Thoughts will gradually disappear as you take your attention away from them and your mind will become silent.
It works like this: First, you’re aware of your thoughts but persistent re-focusing on the music dissipates thoughts. You may be aware of your physical body and your surroundings at first, too. As thoughts disappear, so does awareness of your body and physical surroundings. You begin feeling UNITY with universal consciousness.
There is no perception of time or space when you are in deep meditation. There is only a warmth that is more than physical warmth; an indescribably beautiful peace and feeling of love and one-ness. There are no adequate words to describe this profound spiritual experience!