Meditation has never been an easy practice for me.
Over the past decades I have tried a number of different types of meditation such as the Transcendental Meditation technique, Tibetan Buddhist sitting practice at Shambhala, Kirtan Kriya and the Relaxation Response. I have found that the Kirtan Kriya / SaTaNaMa meditation with its combination of sitting, mantra and mudra works best for my Acquired Brain Injury monkey mind.
So what is meditation?
The English word meditation is derived from the Latin word meditatio, from a verb meditari, meaning “to think, contemplate, devise, ponder”.
Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs.
The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts and refers to a very broad range of practices that include techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (i.e. qi, ki, prana, etc.) as well as developing compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.
I use the 11 minute version Kirtan Kriya / SaTaNaMa meditation technique and I extend the one minute of silence at the end by 15 or 30 minutes of traditional Taoist sitting quietly. Doing this twice each day is recommended.
Useful and interesting links to websites and articles about meditation can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org.