Let’s Practice 

Meditation
in 2014

By:
Praveen Gupta
Praveen Gupta ‐ Praveen discovered the inner
science of meditation through Osho Rajneesh in
1999 and since then devoted a ...
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a process of detaching yourself from your mind and
moving towards the state of no‐mind. ...
What are the benefits of Meditation?

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Why should I practice meditation? (1)
There are two main reasons why millions of people around the world practice 
meditat...
Why should I practice meditation? (2)
The second is for :
2) AWAKENING, SELF‐REALIZATION & 
ENLIGHTENMENT: 
Not all people...
How long and how often should I meditate for?
HOW LONG?
The best thing is to meditate for as long as you can without creat...
What posture is best for beginners?
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When meditating, it is important to keep the spine straight and erect, and to 
ke...
Meditation Techniques
There are hundreds of meditation techniques but the following techniques 
are easy to follow and par...
Mindfulness Meditation 
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is to bring one’s complete
attention to the present experience on...
Mantra Meditation 
What is Mantra?
The word mantra has two parts: ʺman,ʺ which 
in Sanskrit means ʺmind,ʺ and ʺtra,ʺ which...
Self‐Enquiry Meditation 
What is Self‐ Enquiry?
Self‐ Enquiry is the constant attention to the 
inner awareness of ʹIʹ or ...
Chakra Meditation 
What is Chakra?
As per the science of Yoga, there are 7 major 
energy centers in the human body called ...
Isha Kriya Meditation 
What is Isha Kriya?
Isha Kriya is a simple yet potent practice 
where“Isha” refers to that which is...
Yoga Nidra
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep. It is a state of 
conscious deep sleep. In yoga nidra, we lea...
OSHO Dynamic Meditation
What is OSHO Dynamic Meditation?
This is a type of active meditation that 
involves  movement and ...
Celebrities Practicing Meditation – Have I inspired you?
David Lynch: “I 
guess people start 
meditation for 
many differe...
Links to further Meditation Resources – If you still need them!!
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Details of weekly meditation group are as below:
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  1. 1. Let’s Practice  Meditation in 2014 By: Praveen Gupta
  2. 2. Praveen Gupta ‐ Praveen discovered the inner science of meditation through Osho Rajneesh in 1999 and since then devoted a considerable amount of time experimenting with meditation. Praveen considers meditation as his religion, and expansion of consciousness as the supreme purpose of human life. Praveen started Rugby Meditation Centre in 2007 and is actively involved in spreading the science of meditation to the wider community. In addition to leading some of the sessions at Rugby Meditation Centre on Thursday evening, Praveen also runs weekend meditation retreats and 8 weeks course on “Yoga Sutra ‐ The original science of Yoga” Praveen could be contacted through email  at rugbymeditation@yahoo.co.uk or  on mobile  07875‐880159 2
  3. 3. What is Meditation? Meditation is a process of detaching yourself from your mind and moving towards the state of no‐mind. For understanding, it can be broken down in to three stages as below: 1st Stage: To quiet your mind by using either a Mantra, your Breath or any other object. 2nd Stage: Once your mind is quiet, you move to the second stage of observing or watching your mind which includes thoughts, emotions and feelings. 3rd Stage: After practicing the above two stages for some time, the 3rd stage will happen automatically when there is no‐mind and you are in Meditation. 3
  4. 4. What are the benefits of Meditation? 4
  5. 5. Why should I practice meditation? (1) There are two main reasons why millions of people around the world practice  meditation: 1) HEALTH BENEFITS: One of the important outcome of various scientific studies conducted on  meditation over last 30 years is that it brings considerable relief from the ‘dis‐ ease of the 21st century’ – Studies have shown that regular meditation offers deep, sustainable relaxation  to our body‐mind. As a result :  • Our body‐mind no longer overreact to stressful situations. • The burden on heart, blood vessels, digestive system and other vital organs is reduced. • We feel less depressed and lose the bitter edge of oversensitivity. • We sleep better. • There is much less incentive to embrace addictive habits – be it smoking, drinking, porn, drugs or binge eating. 5
  6. 6. Why should I practice meditation? (2) The second is for : 2) AWAKENING, SELF‐REALIZATION &  ENLIGHTENMENT:  Not all people start to practice meditation because of its specific health benefits. Many take it up meditation as a tool for enlightenment. The original purpose of meditation was indeed to transcend this body‐mind and merge back to infinite source. Simply putting, it happens in three stages : a) Awakening – Getting very close to your source. Its like you can see the infinite ocean but still some distance has to be travelled. b) Self‐realization – You are almost there just a few steps away from your source. c) Enlightenment – This is the ultimate truth when you are no longer exist as drop but merged in the infinite ocean. 6
  7. 7. How long and how often should I meditate for? HOW LONG? The best thing is to meditate for as long as you can without creating any mental tension. It depends entirely on your capacity. Increasing your meditation capacity is like developing a muscle. Today you may exercise and become tired after five minutes. After two months, you may be able to exercise for half an hour or even more, because you have developed your muscles. With my experience of running the group for 6 years, I suggest you start with 20 minutes and then increase the duration in steps as you progress. HOW OFTEN? At least once a day either in the morning or in the late evening before going  to bed. Of course, you will make a faster progress if you do it both in the  morning and evening. Tip : Most important thing is the continuity. Even a few days break destroys the complete practice of months and you’ll be to back to square one. 7
  8. 8. What posture is best for beginners? • • When meditating, it is important to keep the spine straight and erect, and to  keep the body relaxed. Some people like to meditate while laying down, but this  is not advisable. You may enter into a world of sleep which is not meditation. Again, the cross legged posture is not necessary for proper meditation. Many  people meditate very well while they are seated in a chair. OR Any comfortable sitting posture is good for  beginners! 8
  9. 9. Meditation Techniques There are hundreds of meditation techniques but the following techniques  are easy to follow and particularly effective for beginners: • • • • • • • Mindfulness Meditation Mantra Meditation Self – Enquiry Meditation Chakra Meditation Isha Kriya Meditation Yoga Nidra OSHO Dynamic Meditation You will get some details about these techniques in the following slides but  the best way to know any technique is to try it along with an experienced  meditator. 9
  10. 10. Mindfulness Meditation  What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is to bring one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment‐to‐moment basis without any judgment. During the meditation, we usually take breath as an anchor to cultivate mindfulness. What to expect in a typical Mindfulness Meditation Session? • • • • • Introduction and description of the technique by the group leader. Guided mental body scan to calm your mind. Mindful awareness of breath. Sitting silently with a mild focus between your eye‐brows. A short feedback/Q&A session before closing the session. 10
  11. 11. Mantra Meditation  What is Mantra? The word mantra has two parts: ʺman,ʺ which  in Sanskrit means ʺmind,ʺ and ʺtra,ʺ which  means ʺinstrument.ʺ A mantra is therefore an  instrument of the mind. Repeating a mantra is a  powerful way to calm your mind. In the  beginners session we use the universal mantra  “OM” What to expect in a typical Mantra Meditation Session? • • • • Introduction and description of the technique by the group leader. Repeating the mantra OM for ~ 25 minutes, first vocally and then mentally. Sitting silently with a mild focus between your eye‐brows. . A short feedback/Q&A session before closing the session. 11
  12. 12. Self‐Enquiry Meditation  What is Self‐ Enquiry? Self‐ Enquiry is the constant attention to the  inner awareness of ʹIʹ or ʹI amʹ by asking the  question “Who am I?”.  This self‐enquiry  facilitates redirecting attention from the objects  of thought and perception to the thinker and  perceiver of them.  What to expect in a typical Self‐ Enquiry Meditation Session? • • • Introduction and description of the technique by the group leader. Simply follow the voice of your group leader for a guided meditation with a focus on self‐ enquiry, based on the philosophy of Advaita (non‐duality). A short feedback/Q&A session before closing the session. 12
  13. 13. Chakra Meditation  What is Chakra? As per the science of Yoga, there are 7 major  energy centers in the human body called as  Chakras. These centers influence  our emotional,  physical and energetic condition. When all our  chakras are working well and full of energy, this  is a major contributing factor to good health,  quality life and contended feelings. What to expect in a typical Chakra Meditation Session? • • • • Introduction and description of the technique by the group leader. Few rounds of mindful breathing . Simply follow the voice of the group leader who will guide you to expand your awareness on each chakra to balance and revitalize its energy. A short feedback/Q&A session before closing the session. 13
  14. 14. Isha Kriya Meditation  What is Isha Kriya? Isha Kriya is a simple yet potent practice  where“Isha” refers to that which is the source of  creation and “kriya” literally means “internal  action.” The purpose of Isha Kriya is to help an  individual get in touch with the source of his  existence, to create life according to his own  wish and vision.  What to expect in a typical Isha Kriya Meditation Session? • • • • • Introduction and description of the technique by the group leader. Mentally repeat the phrase “I am not this body” with the inhalation and “I am not even this mind” with the exhalation. Utter a sound “Ah” by pushing your belly inside. Sitting silently for few minutes with a mild focus between your eye‐brows. A short feedback/Q&A session before closing the session 14
  15. 15. Yoga Nidra What is Yoga Nidra? Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep. It is a state of  conscious deep sleep. In yoga nidra, we leave  the waking state, go past the dreaming state,  and go to deep sleep, yet remain awake.  While Yoga Nidra is used for deep relaxation,  it can also be used to deepen our resolutions in  sub‐conscious mind to give a positive  direction to our life. What to expect in a typical Yoga Nidra Session? • • • Introduction and description of the technique by the group leader. Comfortably lie down on your back and simply follow the CD played by your group leader. A short feedback/Q&A session before closing the session. Note : Please bring a shawl or light blanket with you. 15
  16. 16. OSHO Dynamic Meditation What is OSHO Dynamic Meditation? This is a type of active meditation that  involves  movement and catharsis followed  by silence. It was created and used by Indian  guru Shree Rajneesh, later known as Osho. He  believed that a meditation style that involved  physical activity  and  catharsis are more  practical for the modern world. What to expect in a typical Dynamic Meditation Session? The meditation will be for around 55 Min and consists of 5 stages, as given below. • • • • • CHAOTIC BREATHING through Nose (5 Min) EXPLODE ‐ JUST LET GO!! Express everything that needs to be thrown out. 10 Min). Repeating a MANTRA (will be told) to shake and awaken your bio‐energy (10 Min) Total STILLNESS and silence (15 Min) meditation CELEBRATE your meditation with gentle music (15 Min) – COME PREPARED FOR  DANCE!!! 16
  17. 17. Celebrities Practicing Meditation – Have I inspired you? David Lynch: “I  guess people start  meditation for  many different  reasons, but each  person who starts  will get the benefit  they are looking  for, and many  other benefits as  well George Harrison and others Gwyneth Paltrow Russell Brand: “ “I  begin each day with  a session of  meditation .It  changes   consciousness, it’s  really good if   you’ve had  addiction issues. It’s  highly  psychological, and  very beautiful, and  overwhelming, and  real, and trippy!” 17
  18. 18. Links to further Meditation Resources – If you still need them!! Description Link to the Resource Osho Meditation http://www.osho.com/meditate Isha Foundation  http://www.ishafoundation.org/?global Deepak Chopra https://www.deepakchopra.com/ Sri Chinmoy http://www.srichinmoy.org/ Mindfulness Meditation http://www.mindfulnesscds.com/ Michael Paul Stephens http://www.michaelpaulstephens.com/home.html Transcendental Meditation http://uk.tm.org/home I‐Rest (Yoga Nidra) by  Richard Miller http://www.irest.us/ Relax Kids http://www.relaxkids.com/tips/category/Meditati on/14 Meditation Society of  Australia http://meditation.org.au/index.asp?mobilecheck=t rue 18
  19. 19. Thank You Details of weekly meditation group are as below: Venue, Timings, Cost and Booking:  Kailash Yoga Hall at Rugby Spiritual Centre: 5 Newbold Road, Rugby CV21 2LQ  Every Thursday, 7:15pm until 8:15pm (kindly arrive by 7:05pm)  £3 per session  Booking by email to rugbymeditation@yahoo.co.uk or text at 07875‐880159 A typical meditation session begins with a brief introduction by each participant followed by a description of the evening’s technique by the group leader, before practicing meditation for around 30 minutes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions or provide feedback at the end of session

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