Today, I want to speak about the importance of integrating the practice of somatic meditation into our lives.
At the core of meditation lies the idea that silencing the mind allows us to rest in being-ness, to confront and transcend our inner demons, and to let go of judgment and victimhood. By moving past the mental concepts of right and wrong, we can liberate ourselves from the grip of past conditioning and open up to new experiences.
Through meditation, we embark on a personal journey of growth, maturity, and freedom.
It is a powerful tool that enables us to connect with our true nature and remember ourselves as divine beings. It also is the main practice cultivates the silent mind. Silence is not merely the absence of noise but a state of inner stillness where the mind becomes calm and thoughts subside. You can’t let go of the mind, but the mind lets go of you the deeper you go into the body. Through meditation, you can access your innermost being and experience true freedom.
To help you get more in touch with the silent mind and deepen your meditation practice, I would like to share a few suggestions:
- Start with Mindful Breathing: Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and focus your attention on your breath. Observe the sensation of each inhale and exhale, noticing any thoughts or distractions that arise. Simply be present with your breath.
- Active Meditation: Osho introduced numerous active meditation techniques designed to help yourelease accumulated stress and tension from your body and mind. These techniques involve movement, catharsis, and expression, followed by a period of silent observation. Examples include Dynamic Meditation, Kundalini Meditation, and Nadabrahma Meditation. You can look these up online.
- Witnessing: This simply involves observing thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgment or attachment. By becoming a detached witness, you can cultivate a sense of inner silence and awareness in everyday life.
- Vipassana Meditation: This is a traditional Buddhist practice that involves silently observing the breath and bodily sensations. This practice cultivates mindfulness, deepens self-awareness, and brings one into a state of inner silence.
- Guided Meditations: You can explore guided meditation practices that can help you relax, focus, and cultivate inner stillness. There are numerous resources available online, including apps, videos, and podcasts, that offer a variety of guided meditations to suit your preferences.
- Body Scan Meditation: Lie down comfortably and bring your awareness to different parts of your body, starting from your toes and moving up to your head. Observe any sensations or tension you may feel, and consciously release and relax each area as you progress.
- Loving-Kindness Meditation: Cultivate compassion and love towards yourself and others through a simple loving-kindness meditation. Begin by extending kind and positive thoughts towards yourself, then gradually extend this love to your beloveds, and even people you find challenging.
Remember, meditation is a personal journey and it may take time to find the practices that resonate with you. Be patient and allow the process to unfold naturally.
Wishing you love, joy, and an open heart,
Chantelle Raven xx
Founder, Lead Teacher & Tantric Practitioner
Embodied Awakening Academy