There are many ways to meditate or just be still. Everyone who stops even for a few moments, or minutes, begins to feel the sensation of slowing down, letting themselves come to stillness. It is a relief, a step away from the constant activity of our lives, and it is often described as blissful. It helps you connect with yourself, and with others.
A simple method: The simplest way is to Just Be Still. You can do this wherever you are:
▪ Take a moment to be comfortable.
▪ Gently rest your eyes, keeping them either open or closed.
▪ Withdraw your attention from all sights and sounds.
▪ Stay there, just resting, listening and allowing the body and mind to remain still.
▪ Don’t be afraid to stay in that quiet space for as long as it is easy to do so.
▪ Acknowledge and appreciate the positive feelings and thoughts which may spring directly from this exercise.
▪ Then when you resume your activities, remember the stillness and connect with it whenever you can.
There are many different methods which promote stillness and wellbeing, some of which are listed below. Follow the links to read more:
BBC: A commute to inner peace- Respected BBC journalist Trushar Barot writes: ‘Crowded, noisy, smelly, boring. Those in the rat race put up with this on their daily commute to and from work. It’s hard to find a way out of the trudge of the daily commute, but some are finding meditation can help. And, don’t worry, the lotus position is not a must.’
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University – ‘RajaYoga is an ancient system of meditation and spiritual understanding. It enables us to return to a state of inner peace, personal power and self-worth through re-kindling the soul’s original qualities and virtues. It provides many answers to age-old questions relating to our identity and purpose and opens up a pathway to true peace of mind and a natural state of happiness. At its deepest level, RajaYoga Meditation is taught as a method of self-awareness, leading ultimately to self-realisation.’
Just-a-minute meditations -‘In an ever-increasing global climate of chaos and change, the idea of taking regular short breaks to re-connect with one’s inner strength and values may seem far-fetched if not downright futile. However, taking just-a-minute each hour has been found to make the following 59 minutes calmer, more focused and more effective.’
LearningMeditation.com – ‘My preference would be to call meditation relaxation – conscious relaxation, chosen relaxation. These are words that are more universally understood, more comfortable. Constantly working toward the goal of discovering my own ability to reach a state of serenity, I have learned to meditate.’
Meditation Reference site – ‘The aim here is to create a repository of succinct, practical meditation methods, drawing from traditions ancient, modern, and home-grown.’
Mind and Life Research Initiatives – ‘The Mind and Life Institute is dedicated to fostering dialogue and research at the highest possible level between modern science and the great living contemplative traditions, especially Buddhism. It builds on a deep commitment to the power and value of both of these ways of advancing knowledge and their potential to alleviate suffering.’
Shanti Sadan: Centre of Adhyatma Yoga and Advaita Vedanta – ‘This Yoga is based on the philosophy of non-duality, Advaita Vedanta, which is taught in the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita as interpreted by Shri Shankara.The teaching is universal and is free from sectarianism and political or nationalistic bias. It encourages a love of wisdom and true spirituality, whatever its source.’
Swamini Vimalananda: Chinmaya Mission - Meditation is prescribed as a balm to remove all the stress and strain of life. It is in fashion these days and every other person claims to be practising or propounding some new and original technique. It is therefore important to understand what the Scriptures and Realised Masters say about meditation.
The School of Meditation – ‘Meditation restores our inner poise, inner peace and inner harmony through a simple technique whereby our awareness is drawn to a place of inner repose and stillness where we can be untroubled by the habitual activity of the mind.’
The Study Society – ‘The still mind finds happiness in everything. We teach a mantra meditation from the Advaita tradition. It does not affect your religion or your own beliefs and is open to all people. It is easy to learn and does not involve special physical techniques such as breathing methods. It simply consists of the silent, inner repetition of a mantra for two half-hours a day, morning and evening.’
World Community for Christian Meditation – ‘Meditation, of course, is a Universal Tradition found in all the great religions. As such, it offers an important common ground for inter-religious dialogue and a basis for peace in the world. Many Christians have been helped to recover contact with their own tradition of meditation, or contemplative prayer, because of the work of Fr. John Main, who is the inspiration of the World Community. His teaching of this ancient tradition of prayer is rooted in the Gospels and the early Christian monastic tradition of the Desert.’
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