Chant “OM” and Enter
There is this OM AH HUM meditation taught by Lama Yeshe, the founder of the FPMT to which our centre is affliated to. It is a blend involving visualization or imagination, chanting, mindfulness and concentration.
Lama Yeshe begins with this advice:
“When you meditate, don’t squeeze yourself. Just sit comfortably and let your breath energy flow naturally; be just as you are. Don’t think, “I’m a meditator”; don’t think, “I’m humble”; don’t think, “I’m an egotist.” Don’t think anything; just be.”
Sometimes meditation becomes a special activity, quite separated from the rest of our life. If you listen carefully to yourself or to another person talking about meditation, it is possible to get a sense that meditation is distinct from our work, family, social activities and so on. Therefore, when we sit down to meditate, we find ourselves making a special effort that can easily become another source of tension for body and mind.
When that happens, do consider this simple and profound meditation of Lama Yeshe. Just chant the syllables, “OM,” “AH,” and “HUM.” Dissolve our expectations, hopes and fears in the sound and vibration of the chanting. Allow our mind, breath, wind energy (prana) and body to return to a more natural and relaxed state. Enter the fields of our body and consciousness with a sense of open curiosity and be willing to witness the light and the shadow within ourselves. In time, I believe, love and wisdom will grow in such fertile soil, if only we don’t squeeze ourselves too tight.
Published on May 25, 2011.
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