- Most spiritual traditions teach
meditation in one form or another,
but you don't have to belong to any
particular faith in order to reap
the benefits of regular meditation,
or the creative and emotional release
Typically, meditation involves sitting
still in a quiet atmosphere, stilling
the mind, and focusing on an object
of meditation - perhaps a candle, a
mantra or simply one's own breath.
The first time you try to meditate,
you will be astonished at how difficult
is actually is to still the mind and
stop your thoughts chattering away.
There are hundreds of exercises you
can use to practise this, but my
favourite is what I call the Everyday
Object test. Pick an everyday object
- a cup, a pillow, a pair of scissors,
whatever. Sitting comfortably, still
and quiet, focus on the object. Hold
the image of it still in your mind.
Recognise the detail of it, the fabric
the metal, the texture, the pattern.
You will find your thoughts continually
wandering away from the object - bring
them back and focus again on the object
With practice, it becomes easier, and
is an excellent exercise to master
before attempting meditation proper.
A mantra is a word or phrase used as
an object of meditation. By constantly
repeating a mantra, either out loud
or to themselves, practitioners
distract themselves from their restless
thoughts and enter a meditative state
of awareness. Traditionally, a
spiritual teacher gives a student a
mantra tailored to his or he specific
needs, but in reality any word or
phrase which holds spiritual significance
for the practitioner can be used as a
Some religious paths use the names of
God as a mantra. Muslims repeat Allah
or one of the other "Ninety nine most
beautiful names of God", and Christian
and Jewish mystics also used names or
name paths of God in their work.
"OM", pronounced A-U-M is a Hindu
mantra used by millions worldwide. In
Hinduism, this is regarded as the
primal sound of the universe, and
therefore repeating it connects you
to the underlying life vibration.
Koans are profound riddles, used as a
form of meditation by some schools
of Zen. More information on Zen koans
can be found on our Zen page.
Visualisation is a form of meditation
which uses the power of the imagination
to encourage particular states of
spiritual being, or to heal, or grow.
Visualisation is a way of communicating
with your unconscious mind. Visualisation
can range from the extremely complicated
Buddhist Tantric traditions to the straightforward imagining of a calm
ocean or other beautiful environment.
For more information, visit our
Meditation and Guided Visualisation
section in the new age shop.
yoy are metioned there Bob :)
meditation on the wings of OM: the
primal sound of creation