Every uninterrupted meditation ends in an answer to a question that’s been tangled in the strands of our experience.
This morning’s answer for me was: I thank you, I love you, I forgive you. I got to it when I started focusing on the little pump in my chest where many believe a chakra (energy intersection) exists.
I started out a simple country boy who thought the only benefits of meditating were comic release by entertainment icons like Ace Ventura in When Nature Calls.
It’s no surprise that these comedians are well versed on the subjects they mock. (If you haven’t watched Jim Carrey’s commencement speech from the Maharishi Institute of Management, it’s worth the 20 minutes.)
The benefits of meditation are subtle and not easily quantifiable. For someone high-strung like me, it’s important like stretching and calling old friends.
If you got this far, you might like the method. It changes each time because repetition loses benefit.
Sitting upright and comfortable (for me in contact with the ground), eyes closed for visualizing yourself from changing views, breathing deeply to initially relax.
After about a minute, I feel pretty chill and begin the meditation.
I stick out my tongue slightly (I would make a taco-tongue if I could) so that I can hear the inhale. This is important because the breathing is light and slow.
Ten seconds on the inhale (takes practice), 3 seconds of exhale. This causes the body to fully release tension every single breath.
After 10 breaths, begin focusing on the tip-top of the skull (crown). Think about the air slowly making its way from the mouth through and above the brain. Move your mind’s camera around to get a better view. Once your lungs (crown) are full, exhale and visualize the “air” flowing down your spine and into the ground.
After 10 breaths, move down to the next “chakra” and repeat for all 7. If you’ve never studied this stuff, Google images can help. Once you’re done, do another 10 or how ever many you want without thinking about anything. It feels pretty good at this point.
I brought the “air” from my mouth to the chakra and sent it to the ground until I began focusing on the heart. (Incidentally, this is where my lesson came to light.) From here, I sent it up and down my spine, like a “T” intersection. After the heart, I brought the “air” up from the ground and sent it up my spine, through the top of my head.
This may all sound like gibberish, and it should because it’s my experience.
“We do not seek to imitate the masters; rather we seek what they sought.” – Basho ( Japanese poet).