he who looks inside awakes."
Carl Gustav Jung
As above, so below.
Meditating twice daily, in the morning right after waking up and in the evening before dinner, is optimal for becoming a more integrated, healthy, conscious being on the road to conscious evolution and enlightenment.
Shift from 'Mindful-Mess' to 'Mindful-Ness'
Student: Master, master! When I meditated earlier I saw a vision of the Buddha!!!!
Master: That's nice, next time concentrate on your breathing and it will go away. :p
"You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate."
"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." Hans Margolius
Sanity - Sanitized, if your consciousness is not sanitized, how can you be sane?
Yogani mantra meditation, instructions are in my own words: assume your preferred meditative position, first rest for a little while to get centered, just let your breathing be as it is, keep the mind clear, then introduce the mantra "I am", repeat in your mind as you like, the rhythm that feels right for you, you can change it anytime you want, just repeat it. If thoughts arise, let them pass by as clouds and return your focus to the mantra. You'll find with these instructions that include no breathing-exercises and such a free mantra method to be relatively easy for the beginner. (20 minutes)
Vipassana, instead of repeating a mantra, focus on the silence or on your breath, do not intervene in the breath if you choose breath. Choose one and stick with it. Let everything be, thoughts are not an interruption, they are part of the meditation, let them pass by as clouds and return to the silence or your breath. (30 minutes)
Samuel Sagan's Awakening your third eye with meditation audiobook is a great guided meditation for focusing on your Anja/Ajna chakra, it introduces it with two great general talks and has one lying down and a sitting up meditation. Remarkable effects can be expected soon.
Brain Sync: Awakening Kundalini is a highly recommended audio program for meditation practice, (warning: do not use it daily if you are a beginner or even an advanced meditator) it features a short explanation of kundalini, a short instructional track and then the guided meditation with several different forms or pranayama breathing. It's very powerful compared to other brainwave programs or guided meditations
Yogani AYP - Eclectic Energies - Chakras - Learning Meditation - Wildmind
Two Types of Meditation|
by Josh Davis
Basically, meditation can be divided into two main categories:
Apophatic, the "way of negation," and cataphatic, the "way of affirmation." In both practices, the ultimate aim is to reach a state of supreme awareness and bliss. The way one goes about doing such, though, is very different. In apophatic meditation one empties the mind, while in cataphatic one fills it with a visualization, an object, a mantra, or a feeling. The object of focus expands by virtue of one's attention until it fills one's entire universe. Both practices are essential for a healthy approach to mysticism, and to life itself (which are really one and the same--at least for me).
In apophatic and cataphatic meditation alike, the primary issue one must deal with is the useless noise of the mind. Concentrating on something, or concentrating on nothing, quieting extraneous internal chatter may sometimes seem an impossible task. In fact, people have far more control over this than they give themselves credit--the real "you" is the one that witnesses, the experiencer. You are not your thoughts--you are the thinker of your thoughts. If you give them your attention, they will continue. But if you fully remove your attention from your thoughts even for a moment, they will stop.
As a witness of thoughts, understand that you will not stop thoughts by reacting to them--it is precisely reaction that is holding you back, as reaction requires attention. Simply be aware of your thoughts as they appear and disappear, always returning to your point of focus, be it some thing, or nothing at all.
Apophatic meditation is very difficult to grasp at first, because there is so little that one actually "does." Simply witnessing thoughts without pursuing them may seem like a waste of time to the restless and impatient, who want quick results. For this reason it may be easier for beginners to concentrate on nothing by way of something--that is, make something such as your breathing the point of focus, but once you have eliminated all extraneous thoughts, stop focusing on breathing also, much like a scaffolding that is discarded once the building is constructed.
Another approach to the apophatic way is focusing on being the observer. That is, as thoughts appear in your mind, ask yourself who is thinking them. Observe each thought and let it pass, gradually becoming aware of the unmoving center around which they revolve. Thoughts pass you by. What and where are you? You are the stillness hidden within motion. See for yourself...
Alan Watts - Still the mind - Introduction to meditation (book version also)
Brain Sync - Awakening the Kundalini
Brian Weiss - Guided Meditation
Dr Wayne Dyer - Meditations For Manifesting
Samuel Sagan - Awakening your Third Eye with Meditation
Shakti Gawain - Creative Visualisation Meditations
Shinzen Young - Beginner's Guide to Meditation