Current Meditations – Can we Think of What is Beyond Thought?

These are the meditation practices we are currently doing together at Shanti Sadan.

There are two versions:
– a recording of the full session with an introduction and guidance on each practice. It is warmly recommend to watch this one at least once in order to benefit most. The session included an introduction on the question ‘How can we think about what is beyond thought?’
– a shortened version with the practices which could be followed repeatedly as a way of doing our own regular meditation.

 

This is the full session (49 minutes). Watching this at least once will help us gain most from the practices
This version incudes an introduction on ‘How can we think about what is beyond thought?’

Audio only format:

 

 

This is the edited version with just the practices (20 minutes). A good way of doing daily meditation would be to simply follow this recording.

Audio only format:

 

See more about taking up regular meditation practice.

If you have any thoughts or questions about the practices, you are welcome to contact us.

 

Summary of the Practices

1. Inner preparation

Inwardly step back from the mind. Feel the calmness of being independent of the mind. Let that calm be infused with reverence for the deeper reality. [About one minute]

More on the preparation for meditation

 

2. Breathing practice

Take deep, long breaths. Try to keep the in-breath and out-breath about the same length, and if possible breathe through the nose.

With each breath, feel that tensions are falling away, and in their place are peace and strength.  [Four minutes]

 

3. Visualisation

This visualisation practice is in two stages.

Imagine the peak of a mountain. Sometimes clouds conceal it, but they pass on, and the peak is again seen. [Three minutes]

Then feel your true Self, your ultimate Self, is that peak, and that all mental activity – all thoughts, are like passing clouds, which are different from that peak and can never affect it. [Three minutes]

 

4. Meditation on a text

O ETERNAL LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS, FREEDOM ABSOLUTE,
YOU ARE MY TRUE SELF AND THE SELF OF ALL.

Repeat the text to yourself a few times until you have the main idea in focus, then try to keep your attention on that.
If the mind wanders, when you become aware of this, calmly go back to the text and its meaning.
[Six minutes.]

More about meditating on a text

 

5. Closing offering
Extend thoughts of unconditional goodwill to all. [One minute]

 

More recordings of meditation practices are here.