I’ve read over 100 books on meditation and practiced each method. I have over 1000 hours of time on the cushion and consider myself at the end of 3rd path (from the 4 path model). I still sit still and meditate but there is barely a difference between my meditation mind and my every-day mind. I have experience with the following methods:
- Breath methods
- Awareness practice
- Mantra and sounds
- Choiceless awareness
- Somatic descent
- Cardinal directions of cognition
- Elements meditation
- Mental noting
- State shifts
There are a lot of ways to meditate. Because minds come in such a variety of patterns and habits, there’s both no “perfect” method for everyone and a lot of value to having a variety of methods available to practice with.
My top tips for meditation are:
- Try a number of methods to find what works best, then stick to the best methods for you.
- During meditation, meditate. Afterwards reflect on how that was. Don’t reflect during meditation and don’t resist the reflection when reflecting.
- Build the intuitive sense of what’s working and what’s not working for you and then go with it.
- Interesting stuff happens when you can get both safety and discomfort at the same time.
My most recommended meditation books are:
- Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha 2 – (Daniel Ingram)
- The Mind Illuminated – Culadasa (John Yates)
- Touching Enlightenment with the Body – (Reggie A Ray)
If you are looking for a meditation teacher, I can offer guidance and I charge $100 for a half hour session. During that session it’s likely that I will offer some methods of meditation and can confirm your existing experience from my own perspective.
You can get in touch via:
- Facebook messenger: https://www.messenger.com/t/699720198
- whatsapp: +614 38 48 11 43
- Email: Eliot(at)bearlamp.com.au
- or you can book a time to see me on https://bearlamp.youcanbook.me/
While you are waiting, feel free to ponder the question, “what do I want to work on?” because action is always easier with a goal in mind.