Meditation Techniques for Truth
Awareness Meditation and concentration meditation are the two meditation techniques that a person can get into. Which one they decide to implement, all depends on what they are seeking. Are they seeking truth or are they seeking manifestations? Meditation is the tool that will allow you to become more conscious at a faster rate. It is the tool that will give you a chance to see the truth about everything. Isn’t that what we are all searching for? The truth. Ultimately, this is what we are all searching for. But, most people have defense mechanisms to guard them from realizing the truth. This keeps them comfortable. But staying comfortable will not allow you to be able to see the truth in your life. Everyone should use meditation as a tool in their life everyday, to speed up their personal growth to another level.
Meditation is made for us
I was listening to a podcast the other day and one of the points that they brought up was, we are MEANT to meditate regularly. It is our special specific gift. Animals are not able to be aware of what they are doing. They just do it based off instinct and programming. On the other hand we are able to be aware of our actions, thoughts, environment, behaviors, etc. But most people do not use this gift to the fullest potential. Sure, you are aware of some things, but you can open up that awareness to a greater ability. When you start becoming more aware, it allows you to change or stay the same, based off what you are aware of. It allows you a greater freedom. If your thoughts are controlling you, then you really aren’t free. If you are aware of your thoughts and aren’t acting based off of those thoughts, then you can be in control. You will eventually become a totally different person, because you won’t be identified with your thoughts anymore. The thoughts that you do think will have a purpose, and you are the driver of those thoughts. Instead of unconscious thoughts, you will use your thinking for an objective purpose.
It takes time to allow these changes to happen. And meditation will be boring for some people. But you are really tapping into your own programming, which will give you the best opportunity for change. It will allow you to move from being like a zombie, to a true human being. Sometimes it doesn’t even seem like it is working. The changes are very subtle. It almost seems like they come in waves. You seem like you are stuck for a little while, and then you come to realize you have grown even more in awareness.
Their really is no goal in all of this either. The goal is just to be aware. The more you keep on looking for a goal in meditation, the more it will allude you. The more you go into it with awareness, not looking for anything, the deeper you will go. The point is, you will have to approach meditation in the moment with no goal. Just be aware. But the overarching goal is to become detached from your ego or your mind. There is your true self, and then the ego self. Most people’s lives are completely run by their ego selves, which is just going to create unhappiness. The switch over to allowing your real self to take over, is where awareness takes you.
One of the biggest issues from talking to different people about meditation, is they don’t really understand what it is and how to do it. There are so many different techniques and uses, that it is hard to discriminate what is truly the correct process. Another issue is like I said before, we are a “goal” oriented society. Goals are fine. But not in meditation. Goals in meditation would just cause frustration, considering the results come spontaneously. Another issue is patience. This has always been the biggest issue for me. It ties in with the last point. It will take time to see true changes. But I consider it a test. If you are just using meditation to “get something”, then you will most likely fail at continuing on with the practice. If you are using the practice in order to connect with your true self and you just enjoy it, patience shouldn’t be a problem. But 99% of people are just using meditation as a means, not an end. When it should just be an end. It seems like everything in our society is used as a means, so this is very hard to accept. If you really want to get to know yourself though, you will accept this. It might be the most important point I could explain about meditation.
What happens over time?
You will notice that when you really get deep into mediation techniques and are doing them for a long period of time, you will change. One day you come to this realization of just how much you have changed. You will have a greater awareness of people’s true motives when they are doing something, and what they stand for. When you meet a person for the first time you will be able to get an excellent read on who they truly are. If they are putting on a show that is not really who they are, you will be able to see right through it. On the other hand, other people are going to notice some major changes with you as well. Your personality might completely change. Remember the fake talk and actions you used to put on whenever you thought it was appropriate? That will be gone. Instead you will act how you want to act, speak how you want to speak, and you will do this without any remorse. The thing is, you are doing this from a greater place of awareness, so these actions will feel right. You start living the truth more. This is the life that so many people reject. Some of the truth will be hard to accept at first, but you will realize it has always been like this. You just have been closed off for so long that you haven’t noticed it.
What are the different Meditation Techniques?
Concentration meditation is where you are focusing on one thing. It could be a mantra, it could be a sound, a candle, anything really. Affirmations are a great example of a concentration meditation. You are focusing on what you are saying in order to implant it into your subconscious mind, in hopes that it will manifest into reality. Which if you successfully convince your subconscious to accept these affirmations, then they will come into your reality. I have used mirror affirmations in the past, and they do work. It is repeated practice of the same affirmation over and over. I got great results. I have also tried having a sound playing and completely focusing on that sound. Both of these are excellent if you are into concentration meditation.
Awareness meditation is completely different from concentration meditation. Where concentration meditation is about using your will power in order to focus on one thing for long periods of time, awareness meditation is about allowing whatever is happening to happen. You are just going to become aware. What has helped me is to have two places on my physical body as anchors to the present. You could use two places on your body that you can place awareness at the same time in order to anchor you to the present. Just feel those parts. The reason I use two places is it makes it a dual focus practice and is easier to be aware, instead of focusing on just one. You aren’t concentrating on these anchors, but just being aware of them. While you are being aware of these anchors, you will have thoughts, your breath, and other distractions that will come and go. If your mind wanders, then these anchors assist you in bringing that awareness back to the moment. But your job is to just be aware of them. Don’t judge them at all. The deeper you go the more your thoughts will go away, and the more you will feel more attuned to the present. And believe me, you will have multiple times where your mind tries to talk you out of meditating completely. Just allow the mind to run it’s course. The mind loves when you try to oppose it, because that is just giving it more fuel to run on. If you don’t oppose it, it will start disappearing.
What technique is better?
They are both fine techniques depending on what you are aiming for. I’m not going to discourage either one of the techniques more than the other. But the concentration technique narrows your mind and enhances the ego self more. You aren’t really using the inborn quality that is unique to us. However, concentration meditation is great if you are trying to manifest something specifically. On the other hand, awareness mediation will increase your awareness of yourself more. Awareness meditation is more on par with what we really desire. All of the manifestations that you are trying to get are because you think that this will provide the answer to your troubles. We all have this. But once you get there you realize nothing changed within yourself. That is why awareness mediation is more appropriate technique. You are taking time to actually know your true self.
It’s up to you
Meditate as much as possible with the awareness technique. Once you get good at it, you can practice it all day long. That seems very impractical at the moment if you are just starting, but once you get into it, it will become easier. Make it apart of your daily routine in the morning and at night if possible. Believe me, I know how easy it is to get sucked into the daily commotion and forget about doing seemingly mundane tasks such as meditation. But the subtle affects it will have on your life are indescribable, literally. All I can tell you is that it will improve your relationships, your health, and your outlook on life. Also you will be able to handle anything. Make some time for yourself every day to get to know you. The true you. Not the you that you have identified with your whole life.