There are many meditation techniques that can be used, and all have the purpose of educating the mind to enter into more subtle states of connection and to access a wider and deeper state of awareness.
The techniques that work best are those most suited to the character of each person and to the needs that gradually arise. Meditation can have profound effects through the creation of an inner silence that opens the doors to greater wisdom.
Doing nothing at all, even if just for a moment, is the first step to transform the mental and physical rhythm that always forces us to do something. Staying put for some instant between two actions to just take a break from everything for some minutes, one hour, or maybe more without planning anything, making projects or having expectations is a natural cure; resting while doing nothing, without goals or any objective allows us to enter a condition of non-mind which is really fulfilling and regenerating.
Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, ancient taoist practices and physical practices will lead you through the path of consciousness and contribute to the balance of your nervous system and your glandular system, which help keeping our body healthy. The constant and regular practice of such techniques awakes the body’s intelligence and its incredible healing power. From such practices we get to know our body’s hospitality, reception and respect; movements become a space of meditation that prepare us meeting ourselves, and inside of it we will find the holiness of a temple.
When I sit down on a pillow and I listen to my breath I meditate. I walk, sing, dance and speak, eat, and I meditate. When I meditate I move all my attention towards my inside and I recognize everything there is, I meditate.
So what exactly is meditation?
First of all meditating means to look inside ourselves, learning to accept what there is, and then to return to our natural status, uncontaminated and simple, without our personal story, without our ideas, without thoughts. It means to find the essence of what we are, learning to stay in contact with our humanity and our vulnerability, opening our hearts to ourselves. Meditating is possible anywhere: sitting, or standing on your feet, beneath a tree or in the water. But only sitting on a pillow we learn the practical part. And then we bring it to life.
Customized and progressive paths made according to your body, breath and the use of physical practices: Vipassana, Mindfulness, The power of now, Aro Meditation and teachings by Pema Chodron of Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
The realization of the moment is a dimension of truth that is currently happening here and now, while life is happening. Living in the current moment is a necessity for internal and external peace, for everyone’s wellbeing and balance. We can draw on the wisdom we find here and now in every moment in a space without time, from which we learn to just flow into life and to cultivate the art of presence.
Therefore meditating means to take a look inside ourselves and to observe what happens every instant. It means to lean on the flow of every emotion, every breath, every heartbeat and to include everything just as it is, so that it can be seen and recognized; it means to surrender to our own immensity and to be touched by our humanity with kindness and compassion.