How to Meditate Deeply in the Most Hectic Times
In this video and article, you’re going to learn how to meditate deeply regardless of hectic circumstances. These meditation tips are both for beginners and advanced practitioners. Stick around for the secrets of bulletproof meditation.
I’ve been in a very busy period of life. It’s sometimes more difficult than ever to enter a state of deep meditation. The insanity is good because I’m learning how to meditate deeply and finding greater peace in the middle of frantic insanity.
Now that it’s a fresh experience, it is also easier to teach others how to do the same.
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Watch the video below. After clicking the play button, you can even scroll past it and read along with my voice.
The first thing to remember is that a very small action which contributes to the calming of the mind and feeling in the body goes a long way toward deepening your meditation – even if you do not notice the immediate effect.
When you’re in an elevator, you have about 10-30 seconds to “tune in”. Take some deep breaths during this time and check yourself out. The simple act of taking a few deep breaths through the nose during this time does not seem like much.
You may not even feel any differently afterward. It does not matter. As I say over and over and over and over and over and over again, most of the results occur behind the scenes – below the level of consciousness.
The momentum of peace created may or may not be apparent until a “quantum leap” occurs. After the quantum leap, it becomes easier to meditate deeply. More leaps and breakthroughs will continue to occur.
It’s probably true that you have received the “take a few deep breaths” tip over and over again from many sources. That’s because taking a few deep breaths is universally beneficial. It is a very important tool for deep meditation.
Let’s think of some more ideas that you can slip into those down times in your day. Think about calming and centering activities that you are compatible with, such as the waterfall you visited frequently as a child. Now you have a visualization.
How about something verbal? Maybe you like “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace”. Do you have a favorite church hymn that takes you to a special place within? Experiment or reflect back in time to find what you are compatible with.
The act of shaking out the tension in the joints – Hokey Pokey style – generates feeling in the body and makes the mind and body more supple. This definitely goes a long way toward helping you to meditate deeply.
Here are some more ideas: Prayer, mini-meditations, deep breathing, calming visualizations, yoga stretches, reading scripture or ecstatic poetry, communion with a natural setting, head rolls, shoulder rolls and chanting.
Claim some amount of time between 30 seconds and five minutes out of each hour as your own. Use that “elevator time” or the few moments at the checkout counter as well. Do some calming and centering activities.
When I’m really freaking out, it can take a week or two to get back on track. This is because, when you’re in a highly agitated state of mind, the ego does not want to slow down and experience the body and the present moment.
The breath is more shallow during these times and, therefore, consciousness is lower. Therefore, it is very hard to see the importance of “tuning in within”. It is also harder to see the specific ways in which you are able to tune in and meditate deeply in this moment.
The desire is not there because the consciousness of the benefits aren’t there. “Gentle forcing” is usually the way to go in this case. You want to force yourself to engage in these little actions throughout the day. At the same time, you want to go easy on yourself without judgment.
When you’re in the elevator, don’t just pick your nose. Tune in. Do that Yoga stretch, bend over and touch your toes, sing that chant, take those deep breaths. Then, DON’T WORRY ABOUT RESULTS.
You may or may not see immediate results. Aim for results, but let go of attachment to them. It is the momentum that is most important here.
After a small momentum is built up, you may notice that it is easier to discover, in this moment, what it is you need to do to release tension now. It could be the act of rolling the head and shoulders in just the right way.
After a bigger momentum builds, you’ll notice that it’s a little bit easier to implement these little activities. You will also have a greater experiential understanding of the importance of doing these things. That understanding is a great motivator. It is greater than what a video or a blog post can convey to you.
You will discover, on an EXPERIENTIAL level, how to meditate deeply. Make sure to develop a whole arsenal of tools so that, in any given moment, you have the proper tool for that moment. It’s the tool that feels right for the job. A solid “integration strategy” for meditation begins with that tool chest.
Do all these things in your tool chest without attachment to immediate results. Know that each time you do this, it builds your momentum. Again, aim for 30 seconds to five minutes out of each hour on this.
All of the tool chest exercises can also be used to warm up for your daily meditation session. Start with physical exercises such as stretching. Follow that with something mental, like a church hymn. Finish with breathing exercises, and then do your meditation technique.
As for a formal meditation technique if you don’t have a good one already: Think of something repetitive (or constant such as a visualization of the waterfall) that you can focus on lovingly and with great absorption. Ideas include a repeated word or phrase, a candle flame, the sunset, the breath and sensations in the body.
That is your object of focus. The more you can be lovingly absorbed in it, the more compatible you are with it.
Meditation is the art of falling in love. Pick that time of day to sit (or stand) in formal meditation and do it. Whether you have five minutes or two hours to devote to this, do this meditation technique every day.
If you follow these steps, then you’ll be pretty bulletproof and you’ll know how to meditate deeply whenever you wish. If you’re really freaking out or stressed, it may take a little bit longer to notice the momentum that you are building.
Just keep doing this stuff. You’ll notice some pleasant surprises soon enough. If you want a complete, in-depth and FREE training on this very topic, I suggest that you go to the main homepage at http://www.deepermeditation.net.
What helps you to meditate deeply? Share your insights in the comments below. Beginners: Give some of these deep meditation techniques a try and come back and share. I’m curious about what people are experiencing on the ground.
Tom Von Deck is a meditation trainer, speaker and author of Oceanic Mind – The Deeper Meditation Training Course. Tom specializes in making meditation much much easier for busy and non-busy people from all backgrounds and paths. He is the Mackdaddy of The Deeper Meditation Video Zone and DeeperMeditation.net.