Meditation has gained a lot of traction in our community due to its restorative and rejuvenating effects on our mental state. Our beloved Gong Meditation sessions not only attract long time meditators but also beginners hoping to reap the benefits of this age-old practice for a more holistic approach to mental wellness. In this blog, we attempt to clear up some misconceptions about meditation, while also providing tips on how to get the most out of your meditation practice.
There exists a misunderstanding of meditation as a way for us to escape stress, to tune out and to get away from it all. However, that’s not completely true. The real purpose of meditation is actually to tune in, not to get away from it all, but to get in touch with it all. Not just to de-stress, but to find the peace within. You may feel overwhelmed by the many thoughts that come to the surface, or may feel discouraged because you can’t train your mind to keep silent and still. However, meditation is a way to get to the space in between your every thought. According to wisdom traditions, this space between the thought is the path to the infinite mind, otherwise known as our core consciousness, or what some people call the spirit of God. This space is a field of infinite possibility, creativity and imagination. It is a space where intention is very powerful, as it orchestrates its own fulfilment - what is called the law of attraction - and demonstrates the incredible abilities of your own spirit. Here, we find that everything is connected to everything else.
A beginner to meditation should strive to keep a consistent practice, no matter how short the duration. You could start with just 10 minutes a day, and slowly increase the duration as you get more confident in your practice. By paying attention to the breath, we anchor our attention to the present moment. Allow the breath to flow in and out easily and effortlessly, in an unforced, natural rhythm. Thoughts will inevitably surface in the mind, but that’s normal. Let them be - don’t follow where they might try and lead you, but don’t try to force them away. Just return to observing the breath or reciting a mantra. A mantra helps to focus your attention, and also helps to raise your vibration to manifest your intention. It can be in any language you prefer, as long as it empowers your practice.
When meditating, you can choose to either lie down or sit up to help you stay alert. The hands can relax on your lap, or rest on your knees in a mudra, or hand gesture, you’re comfortable in. Our Gong Meditation session provides bolsters and blankets for those who would like to lie down, and also blocks for those who prefer to sit up for the whole 90 minutes. During Gong Meditation, it is important to establish the Golden Link of the mind, body and soul by paying attention to the breath. Pay attention also to the emotions and visions that may arise in your mind to further understand your subconscious, and resolve any deep seated issues you may still be holding on to. We recommend keeping a journal to record your experiences and track your progress. This helps you tune into your body and mind, and better make sense of your journey. Finally, release any expectations of what you think should happen during Gong Meditation and let things unfold as they may without attachment.
For more information on what to expect during Gong Meditation, read our FAQ here.