There are so many types of meditation. Many people ask me: "What is the best meditation technique out there?
This question has kept me busy for years on end. When I respond to questions my intention is to bring more light to an area, i.e free us, not bind us more.
After years of practicing myself, exploring the many ways of going within, teaching different practices and teaching instructors I have come to realize something important:
"Meditation techniques and exercises can be very helpful
in learning how to meditate...
and at the same time they can hinder you from going deeper within"
When we are going within we want to be open and receptive to how we are being guided. There are so many ways and techniques as there are people. If we are not receptive to what to use when, we might end up with a meditation technique, stuck in a 'rut', missing out on the so much more that is available when we meditate.
Most types of meditation that are being practiced stem from a spiritual belief system or a specific teaching. Most of the time it instructs all people to do the same thing all the time in meditation such as
- focus on a mantra,
- removing all thoughts,
- being still,
- and so on.
These types of meditation could be called a “blanket process”, like the same medicine for all people. The thing is every person may be in need for a different medicine at any different time. Of course people can make great strides by using a blanket process, but eventually many become stuck and lost in the process itself.
Often people try to do the same spiritual practices or techniques all the time to become self-realized and to find truth. Thus they become attached to the process itself and are not open to other avenues that may be more helpful at different points on their path.
But if meditation is practiced right should it not itself reveal to you more truth and understanding about the very nature of going within, and how that time-honored practice is meant to go beyond any blanket process or belief of what meditation is?