Meditation Methods and Spiritual Practices

Transcendental Meditation Method

“The Transcendental Field – realm of Pure Being – is the source of all that appears, and the cause and support of all that is visible. This is the essential teaching of the seers.”               – Roy Eugene Davis
The primary objective of meditation practice is the cultivation of clarified awareness. The process of meditation practice can be symbolized by a recently shaken jar of sediment-infused water (busy mindedness), which is allowed to remain still for a period, revealing the inherent clarity of the water (permanent spiritual Self).
Meditation practice is the opportunity we give ourselves to focus internally, to realize the joyous fullness of timeless-being, above ordinary mind involvement.Tranquil Sitting is a Taoist term for meditation practice. Tranquil in this case doesn’t mean passive sitting, but calm, attentive presentness.
Reliable Method: Sit comfortably with spine and head lightly lifted in support of alertness. Breathe slowly and comfortably deeply a few times to induce relaxation down through your body. When you feel physically settled, close your eyes gently. Be still, feeling poised and stable in your posture, whether in a chair or on a mat.
Lift your awareness internally to the space between your eyebrows and slightly above. Rest here, calmly observant. Begin to devote attention to your natural breath cycles. Let inhalations, exhalations, pauses arise spontaneously without regulation, as you watch and feel. Imagine that the air flowing in and out through your nostrils is moving in and out through your brow center (ajna chakra). This will help keep your focus steady.
Continue to closely, alertly observe your breath. Some like to add words or phrases to this process by mentally intoning or hearing the words/phrases synchronized with natural breath cycles. Examples: As your breath flows in mentally intone (or listen to) “Om,” as it flows out mentally intone “Peace,” or with inhalation mentally intone “Pure Consciousness” and with exhalation “Am I.” Choose your own word focus or use a mantra formula if you have one.
Keep your practice this simple while endeavoring to deepen your involvement. Begin with short, quality periods of meditation practice until you gain proficiency, being able to remain attentive to your focus, while being comfortably still physically. Your first sessions might range from 5-15 minutes. With sincere, regular practice, you will naturally begin to want to remain longer for a more complete immersion.
You will naturally, spontaneously transcend the active use of the method as your innate intelligence naturally directs the process. Our innate spiritual Self, in which mind, body and individuality are included, uplifts our perspective by becoming our more dominant perspective. In other words, we transcend the immediacy of mind-body-personality self dominant orientation, to enjoy the freedom of our essential Being or spiritual Self.
Schedule time for yourself each new day for meditation practice. Quiet early morning is suggested, though any opportunity for alone, quiet time is good. Consistency of application brings best results, as in learning any new skill. Some like to arrange a special space in the home reserved only for meditation, sometimes with a small alter with ritual items, a candle and likeness of a spiritual hero or mentor. If you are devotional by nature you may want to begin and conclude your meditation session with heartfelt prayer.
Meditation is a natural process of inward turning, in exploration of the depths of one’s being, towards enlightened living. The main ingredient for success in this subtle art is sincere persistence .