Meditation Methods

Many meditative techniques require one to sit still and silent. But for most of us accumulated stress in our bodymind makes that difficult. Before we can hope to access our inner powerhouse of consciousness, we need to let go of our tensions.

112 techniques of Meditation

No discussion on meditation is complete without mentioning  the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra This 5000 year old ancient Indian text on meditation is considered by many as the last word on meditation.

  Vigyan ~~ Science ( in Hindi )

  Bhairav ~~ An ancient mythological God of Hindu religion.

  Tantra ~~ ( A mystical spiritual path. Read more)

Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is an ancient text on meditation.  It contains 112 techniques of Meditation. Basically in the form of a dialogue between lord Shiva and his wife Parvati (refer to as Devi in the book), this books discusses 112  meditation techniques which can be used for realizing our true self. 

The book starts with a question from Devi regarding the nature of reality. She asked Shiva about Universe, about fundamental nature of this world, how one can go beyond space and time to understand this truth.

The remaining book is all about Shiva’s answers to Devi’s  queries.

He does not tell her what is. 

He tells her a method…then another method.. then another …he goes on. 

He tells her how.

He tells her how one can realize this reality…through 112 methods of centering in the self. 

The methods are in their seed form. The entire book can be written in one long piece of paper. However, these methods in their seedy form point towards various powerful meditation techniques. On contemplating upon these techniques, one can find one of the most impressive and powerful collections of meditation techniques which are simple yet very effective. 

It is said that 112 techniques of meditation of Vigyan Bhairav Tantra are all inclusive. It is said that there is no meditation techniques which has not been covered in Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. These Meditation techniques  are for people of all age and all times. These meditation techniques were for those who had lived in the pasts, for those who are living in the present and for all those who’ll born in future.

This meditation techniques are for all humanity of all time. Past, present, future.

Osho Active Meditations

These have been scientifically designed by Osho over a period of time to enable us to consciously express and experience repressed feelings and emotions, and learn the knack of watching our habitual patterns in a new way.

If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, who you really are. Meditation is the route to that knowing. It is the methodology of the science of awareness.

The beauty of the inner science is that it enables whoever wants to explore and to experiment within, to do so alone. This eliminates dependence on an outer authority, the need to be affiliated with any organization and the obligation to accept a certain ideology. Once you understand the steps, you walk the walk in your own, individual way.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation® (TM) is a technique practiced 20 min twice daily while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. Unlike some general approaches to meditation (e.g., mindfulness meditation, insight meditation, etc.), TM is a very specific approach trademarked by the Maharishi Foundation and taught by teachers 
certified by the Maharishi Foundation (see http://www.tm.org). 

Meditation techniques differ with regard to the sensory and cognitive processes they require (Shear, 2006), their neurophysiological effects (Travis & Shear, 2010), and their behavioral outcomes (Orme-Johnson & Walton, 1998). Meditation techniques have been classified into three categories according to their electroencephalographic (EEG) effects: 
  1. Focused attention, which requires voluntary control of cognitive processes and is associated with gamma (30-50 Hz) and beta (20-30 Hz) EEG waves; 
  2. Open monitoring or mindfulness, which requires dispassionate, non evaluative awareness of ongoing experience, associated with theta (5 -8 Hz) EEG waves; and 
  3. Automatic self-transcending of the procedure of meditation itself, which is associated with alpha (8 -1 0 Hz) EEG waves (Travis & Shear, 2010). 
The TM technique falls within the third category because the practice allows the mind to settle inward, beyond thought, to experience the source of thought: pure 
awareness, also known as  transcendental consciousness. This is said to be the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness, which is associated with significantly increased EEG coherence and physiological rest (Travis, 2001). 

A lpha coherence and synchrony, as seen during the TM technique (Travis & Shear, 2010), provide the large-scale neural communication and integration necessary for mental health; conscious awareness; and general cognitive processes, such as attention, semantic processing, memory, and learning (Palva & Palva, 2007; Sauseng & Klimesch, 2008), which may be the neurophysiological basis of the physiological and clinical effects we describe in the following sections.

D W Orme-Johnson, V A Barnes and R H Schneider (2011)