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Dan
USA

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I find myself trying to place my attention on different areas where the breath flows (i.e. nostrils, root of the nose, spiritual eye) during the Hong Sau Technique. This leads me to restlessness as I find my attention moving from one place to another. When I do focus on one physical area, however, I find it more difficult to watch the breath so I often end up identifying with it for a whole meditation. Can you offer some advice please? : )

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Dan,

In Hong-Sau, choose one place to focus on the breath (the place where you most easily feel the breath passing), and stay with it until you feel your breath most easily at a different, higher location. Keep moving higher in the nose in this way, ideally never lower (although that can happen if, for example, something external disrupts your meditation). At some point, you'll find yourself focusing on the breath as it passes through the bridge of the nose, or even inside the nasal cavity; that’s a good place to stay.

Joya Kshama
Usa

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Please share a personal experience of mindfulness in meditation and how it has helped the community at large. It would greatly motivate me in my practice.

Thank you,

Joya

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Joya,

I am grateful for having had nearly a lifetime of meditation practice, so recalling a single incident isn’t so much difficult as simply overwhelming. But first, let me say that for me mindfulness has two aspects: one, the more common one, is that of "watching one’s thoughts" or being, at least, self-aware. For many meditators, having this happen for parts or most of a sitting is a victory and constitutes a "good" meditation.

June 21
2013

SR
india

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I have often read that it is important to have one-pointed contact while you mediate or pray. I often include many realized saints and different forms of God in my prayers. Try as I might, I am unable to decipher that one form of God or Guru with whom I can establish an everlasting personal contact in my prayers. This makes me restless. I feel like some confused soul always vacillating between choices, be it God or anything. Will it affect my prayers? How do I learn to read my heart?

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

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Dear SR,

Concentration is extremely important during meditation but can be very difficult at times. On our path to God, we keep our focus at the spiritual eye. Yogananda has stated there is no difference between any master and any master because they are “one” with the Father. It is to say, don’t worry about the form. The logical, rational analytical mind can play many tricks when one wants to meditate on God.

June 21
2013

Rex mondol
Bangladesh

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I really love to meditate, but I have no guideline of doing it. And is marijuana good while doing meditation? I want to clear my vision and improve my concentration, what will be the process?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Rex,

Ananda offers free instructions on how to meditate. Click here to get started: http://www.ananda.org/meditation/learn-to-meditate/

Ananda Online offers 9 weeks course: Lessons in Meditation. For more info click here: http://www.anandaonlineclasses.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=155

June 19
2013

ela singh
India

Question

I smoke heavily...Is it harmful to meditation? How do I give up? I tried, tried and tried? Thank you.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ela,

Nicotine is harmful to your spiritual practices, in part because it diminishes one of your most important faculties: Willpower. Nicotine is a depressant, so it has a calming influence, but the yogi needs to learn to become and stay calm through conscious inner processes, not external influences. Nicotine is also a stimulant, but the yogi needs to learn to raise his or her energy level, again, through conscious inner processes, not external influences.

Peter
SA

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Hi, Is there a specific time to meditate? Also do clothes matter in meditation? Like can a person meditate wearing boots and jacket due to coldness? So how can a person meditate in a cold room especially during a cold season?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Peter,

The time to meditate is when you can do it regularly.

Recommended are dawn (just after awakening), twilight, high noon, and midnight. Another time is in the evening, just before bedtime. It’s also easier to meditate on an empty stomach 2 – 3 hours after meals. So set aside the same time or times each day for your meditation.

ela singh
India

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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?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Ela,

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.

Andy Salgado
America

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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?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

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).

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