Sir, I am meditating since January this year but I still can’t concentrate more than 2-3 seconds. My mind chatters all the time whether I am meditating or not.
But on the other hand, in spite of my failing in meditation, I am getting a lot of benefits. e.g., I am now less short-tempered and my attitude has started changing. I am becoming closer to God. My relationships are a bit better now... Why is this so?
How long will I take to succeed in meditation?
These are your first six month of meditation. Meditation for you is still young, like a child. It needs some time to grow up. One of the secrets of success is patience. Patience, it has been said, is the shortest way to God. “Keep going” is the best advice I can give you.
I have been meditating for about a year. Basically since my meditation I have been feeling a constant tingling in my body, it feels as if my actions are a lot slower and I am more aware. This tingling won’t leave so I’m making sure it’s okay, right?
Andy, may I assume that this tingling sensation continues during your waking activities, and not just during meditation?
The experience of a tingling sensation is not at all uncommon in the practice of yoga and pranayam and meditation, though to have it all the time is a bit unusual (you didn’t say exactly how long, however).
I have been meditating daily for 10-15 minutes(based on my self learning of the techniques from Ananda’s website)
1) I experience very "cold/cool feeling" at my spiritual eye, soon as I feel energy coming upwards. Sometimes this feeling stays for the day and at times, it comes upon when I close my eyes and try to focus on my spiritual eye. Is that normal?
2) once I have felt sudden wave of shock running up my spine into the spiritual eye followed by intense pressure. Is this dangerous?
In answer to your first question, consider this sensation at your spiritual eye to be a blessing and a “re-minder” for you in remembering your connection to God and Gurus. Although many have not had this experience, it is not uncommon for spiritual adherents, yogis to have a feeling and an awareness at this point/center, called by many names, just a few examples being agna chakra, third eye, the pineal gland, Christ Consciousness Center. The main “point” (pun accepted!) is to remember Spirit and your personal Soul connection that far surpasses your identification with the body and to try and merge with the Divine through this “portal”. Getting to this “eye” is one of the physical highlights and goals of the pranayam practices of all yogis, specifically Yogananda’s Kriya lineage. Do you practice Hong-Sau? Energization Exercises? These beginning and lifetime techniques help us to awaken our inner prana, the kundalini, to do what I believe you have described.
Hi my name is Peter. I have being trying to meditate but it’s being hard for me because I am finding it hard to concetrate, sometimes I can keep concentration but nothing happens, I don’t see anything, no light, no image. How can my spiritual eyes open in meditation to be able to get into these realms mentioned
Many years ago when Swami Kriyananda was new to meditation and living with Paramhansa Yogananda, Kriyananda complained to his guru that he didn’t think he was getting anywhere with meditation. Yogananda replied that "You are trying to hard!" Relaxation is the key!
I have “aspergers.” I acted normal since the first grade I new I was different—pretending to be happy and remembering to smile every birthday alone with my “thoughts and internalizing self” the only thing I could think for a wish as far as what I wanted “I wish to be one with God”—same wish every year. I’m 33 now, always known my purpose was to heal others. Been meditating at least twice daily for over 11 years. Been actively persisting kundalini but my “inner world” holds my meditating back
While you never actually stated a question, let me address the issue of how you are feeling “limited” by your inner world.
How beautiful that you have known from such an early age that being one with God was your goal. So few of us ‘remember’ at that time. One wouldn’t think to say this to someone who has carried the burden of Asperger’s Syndrome, but in that way you are blessed. You remember. The very fact that you know about God, that your sole reality is wanting to be closer/one with Him is way more than half the battle on any spiritual path. As Paramhansa Yogananda said over and over, “God watches the heart”. Our intention means a great deal when we are thinking of spiritual realities.
Hello Ananda Friends,
I’ve a question about the hong-sau technique. It’s been told to me that we’ve allways have to be concentrated at the Christ center and not above to the crown chakra or we have a chance to leave of our bodies. But when I concentrate on the Christ center sometimes I feel a pressure at the crown. Can you maybe explain me if this is wrong or what this exactly is? It makes me afraid since somebody told me when can leave our body’s this breaks my concentration.
Paramhansa Yogananda taught that, when we practice Hong-Sau, although we fix our gaze at the Christ center, between the eyebrows, we focus our attention on the breath.
The Christ center is the sixth chakra, the center of enlightenment. Only after all our energy has been brought to that center will a doorway open from the sixth chakra to the seventh, the crown chakra, the center of liberation. If you focus prematurely at the crown chakra, however, it’s quite possible to become ungrounded and restless, perhaps even mentally unbalanced. Stay at the spiritual eye.
During group meditation [lying], my arms are aching.
What does it mean? What should i do?
What it means is that you haven’t yet found your best position for meditation.
Without seeing you, your general body type, and the way in which you position your body on the floor, it is impossible to know exactly what to do. But hope that you will find help through exploring the following questions:
Sitting in the silence has always be a challenge. Indeed, a time where it was ever easy escapes my memory. Let’s say person can do 36 Kriyas with concentration and devotion but they usually sit for just a few moments before the AUM technique. What steps should they take when time is the object?
Meditation can be a challenge and I appreciate your difficulty with sitting in the silence. We are conditioned from birth to send our energy outward and to have multiple thoughts each moment. Fortunately, our line of self realized Masters have brought timeless techniques that are guaranteed to help us interiorize our consciousness and offer it upward into superconsciousness. Every successful meditator is challenged by intrusive thoughts, feelings and impulses especially when establishing a regular meditation practice.