Vedic Meditation Basics

Vedic Meditation – An Ancient Technique

Vedic Meditation is a centering and spiritual practice descending from the traditional teachings of the Yogic Vedas in India. The function of this type of meditation is to purify and re-balance the thoughts and feelings. Vedic Meditation can minimize stress and anxiousness, increase consciousness and clarity of thought, improves alertness and ease of rest, increases productivity, improves memory, enhances awareness, and clears away negative emotions. The ancient yogis used this practice to find enlightenment but you can practice to simply receive deep inner peace. This simple method will help you channel and focus your inner resources.

How to Perform the Meditation

The Vedic meditation method is practiced for 10-20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. You will need to carefully choose a mantra before you begin. To start this Meditation,  sit comfortably with a straight back. You can sit in a chair with your back supported if you would like.  Gently have your eyes closed. Allow your thoughts to settle right down and bring your focus to the sound of a mantra.

As you count your mantra, continue chanting until your mantra passes the second or third count.  When your mantra has reached the second or third count, you can close your eyes again. When your first mantra has passed the second or third count, your attention may start to wander.  You are now ready to move the mantra slightly and breathe a few times while still listening to the mantra in its natural place. You can continue to do this as long as your attention is not drawn away.  Then it is time for you to end the meditation.

This is a very subtle process and you should not become dependent on this Meditation as your only method of meditation.  You can choose to continue the meditation after you see your mind settle or you can begin your meditation on a daily basis.

Origin + History

Vedic Meditation’s roots date again to about 5,000 years in the past in India by and for what they referred to as “homeowners,” or ordinary people involved in everyday life. They come from the Hindu Vedas, one of the earliest sources of mediation literature. The ancient Rishis realized that meditation was an effective means to help develop consciousness and the inner workings of the mind, body, and being.

Tools for Vedic Meditation

A set of mala bead or Hindu prayer beads can be used to count the mantras you chant during the meditation. Both mala bracelets and necklace malas made from gemstones and different kinds of wood. You use these beads to count the mantra for long or short duration mantra meditation sessions.

Mantra Meditation Benefits

In this meditative state you can approach your inner teacher, let go of your fears, hear your inner voice, release your deep-seated worries, and achieve greater inner calmness. The best part is that you can do this at any time, without distraction. While mindfulness is the non-judgmental awareness that follows without judgement, its full effect comes from its practice of non-judgment and the changing attitude you give to all thoughts. In the process of practicing mindfulness, you take a conscious effort to care less about the thoughts and the experience they create in your mind. You learn to suspend judgment, to pay attention to the present moment without judging. You become more aware of the events, thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judging them as good or bad, useful, or useless. You become more aware of your reactions to these events and the responses you make. Meditation is the continuation of this practice where you’re just more aware of what’s happening around you and thus more aware of your life and events and your mind.