Have you ever tried meditation before?
If you have, you’ve probably tried sitting quietly for 10-15 minutes while focusing on your breathe or body. However, what you probably didn’t know is that there are many different types of meditation techniques.
And according to Meghan Markle’s blog, she’s a fan of a peculiar meditation practice called “vedic meditation”.
So, what is “Vedic Meditation?”
According to Will Williams meditation, “Vedic meditation is a methodology that arose in ancient north India around 10,000 years ago. It is the oldest technique still alive in the world today and stems from the incredibly advanced Vedic civilisation that gave birth to so much knowledge and wisdom in India and beyond.”
So, how do you practice it?
Will Williams meditation offers some fantastic guidelines:
“You sit comfortably, with eyes closed, and begin gently repeating a mantra that has been selected for you by a qualified teacher. The mantra is a sound that will resonate with your nervous system and will help de-excite your nervous system into a powerfully restful state. Physiologically, it helps you achieve a hypo-metabolic state, and neurologically, this resonance causes your brain function to go into a highly coherent state.”
“The whole purpose of the meditation practise and all associated knowledge is to empower the individual to ever-greater connectivity with themselves, with others and the universe. It’s about helping each individual connect with their own unique purpose in life, and to help them live it to the fullest.”
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It’s also important to remember that if you get distracted by your thoughts, all you have to do is notice those thoughts and then gently bring your attention back to your mantra in a non-judgmental way.
Thoughts regularly appear, but it’s rarely helpful when you struggle against them. It’s more fruitful for your meditation practice to acknowledge and accept your thoughts and then bring your attention back to your mantra or your breathe.
Will Williams meditation also notes that it’s crucial not to resist what comes up in your meditation. Whether it’s a song or random thoughts or feelings, it’s better to embrace that they are there and accept them rather than get annoyed with yourself for having them. Everybody’s mind wanders. That’s normal.
According to Markle, meditation for her was “endlessly daunting a first…but soon it became the quietude that rocked my world.”
So if you’ve never tried meditation or you’re looking for a new meditation practice, it could be useful for you to give vedic meditation a try. There’s not much that can go wrong by giving it a try.
If you want an in depth guide into practicing meditation, check out these articles:
- Alan Watts taught me the “trick” to meditation (and how most of us get it wrong)
- The ultimate cheat sheet to meditation for beginners
- Osho reveals the “trick” to meditation – and why most of us get it wrong