What is Meditation?

The meaning of the word meditation is ‘to think or reflect in silence.’ This has been interpreted in different ways, across different cultures. For example, some religions use it for contemplation on scriptures. Other cultures use it to calm the mind and explore inner depths of our being.

Here are the most common meditation techniques that you might come across:

Focused attention

This is when you keep your mind focused and controlled. You focus on selective moments, such as walking, eating or breathing.

Open monitoring

This type of meditation keeps your mind in the present. For example, you might bring attention to sensations in your body and activities without judgment.

Automatic self-transcendence

This is where your mind accesses inner stillness. This is Vedic Meditation.

Understanding the Mind

You may have heard of the phrase ‘monkey mind’, referring to the mind as restless. This is a metaphor used in a number of meditation practices.
This metaphor can be unhelpful as it portrays the mind as an obstacle. This promotes the myth that meditation is hard. It can be off-putting if you are new to it and feeling stressed. Why would you want to do something so hard?

Quietening the Mind

It is far easier than you think to silence your mind. You just need to look at it from a different perspective! This is where Vedic Meditation comes in.

Your mind is always in search of happiness. The drive for happiness is natural in all of us and can take many forms. For example, a job promotion, academic success or an exotic holiday.

Searching for Happiness

Imagine sitting in a room with some music playing that you enjoy. Then you notice music playing in the next room, which you enjoy even more. Your attention is drawn to the music in the next room. As it is more pleasant, it prompts your body to turn the music off in the room you’re in or move to the next room. Or both.

As you can see, your body follows your mind’s desire for greater happiness. This can apply when you want to change jobs, move home or buy a new car. Your mind will move you towards what makes it happier.

But real-world happiness will only satisfy your mind for a while. It will soon desire a new song!

How Vedic Meditation Works

Vedic practices work so well because it understands that our minds seek happiness. We can’t achieve long-lasting bliss from an outer, real world search.

Unlike other meditations, this practice doesn’t seek to control your mind; It works with it.

By using mantras, your busy mind can be settled to a place of pure inner bliss. As your mind soothes, your body relaxes, leaving you in a state of deep rest.

It allows your mind to be free, making this meditation easy for you to learn. Start to experience the benefits today!