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Basic Om Meditation
Meditating on Om, also called Aum, the Holy Spirit, Amen, Naam, or more names, is a universal experience, no matter what word or expressions is used.
Meditation on Om takes us deep within our spiritual nature, to a place of harmony and joy. The more we do this practice, the more often we are able to bring its benefits into daily life.
It's best to meditate before eating rather than after, so your body is not newly digesting, just as you are trying to quiet it down.
Find a quiet and private place where you will not be disturbed. For this meditation there should be silence around you - no music, other noise, or visual stimuli in the background.
Sit up straight on a cushion on the floor and bend your legs in. Or sit up straight on a chair with the soles of your feet firmly planted on the floor for balance. Fold your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Be still and gently close your eyes. Let your breathing work into a regular pattern, such as one count to inhale, and one count to exhale. Continue this even rhythm throughout your meditation, without actually saying or thinking the numbers. After a minute of this even breathing turn your attention to mentally repeating Om or another of the forms on the in breath, and Om on the out breath. If using a word with more than one syllable divide the words between the complete in and out breath.
Focus your attention on the sound of Om.
After sitting in silence for a period of time you may hear the inner sound of Om. Turn your attention to this vibration, also known as the holy vibration. The holy vibration is ever with you through all the ups and downs in life if you can quiet your mind and concentrate on Om. It is also known as the Holy Comforter for the reason that it is there during grief and down times. In this way we are not abandoned on this earth in our physical bodies. Rather, we always can have the contact and comfort of Om, the Holy Spirit, to fall back on. Nurture this practice. Concentrate and pull it to you for the harmony you will feel.
After a period of stillness and quiet come back to your active self by taking a deep inhalation and slowly releasing it. Open your eyes and stretch out.
In closing, I would like to share this quote by the famous spiritual master Paramahansa Yogananda:
"The holy vibration is the link between matter and Spirit. Meditation on Aum is the way to realize the true Spirit-essence of all creation. By inwardly following the sound of Pranava to its source, the yogi's consciousness is carried aloft to God."
Take the peace and harmony gained from meditation into your waking life.
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