Which Is The Best Method For Meditation?

Someone asked me this question directly in Quora: Which is the best method of Meditation? Some say chant Hare Krishna mantra… some advise to focus on a flame. Listening to so many ideas I have become confused. I am unable to find the best method for me…

Answer: Just the fact that you are curious and want to start is all that is needed.  There are indeed thousands of techniques but they mean NOTHING unless they resonate with you, unless they make sense to you.  

I think what you are doing is right, you can read about it, listen to people, give them a chance to say what has worked for them, but the landscape of our inner imagery is private, our own mythology depends on how your nervous system works, how your own way of responding to life happens, how you grew up, where you live, who you live with, the amount of peace you have access to.

Meditation is in the end a private journey, some think it can be achieved by following the eight limbs of yoga, some say it is just a jump into the state by being present, being fully aware of this moment, others want to study their own internal images through dreams etc. In the end, we can do is create conditions for peace, and that is a good start, then we can be open to what resonates with us.

If you follow your own intuition, if you are open and as you have done already pose the question out loud, the answer will come to you.  Follow only that which comes to you, through you, trust your path.

Perhaps I should add what has worked for me.  I am eternally seeking truth, that which is real, the places where I am honest with myself… I have tried Vipassana retreats, they are hard core, very intense, and free (no cost).  They teach a technique that might be a good introduction if you can stand being in silence and sitting for hours in a day. I have also tried the Shambhala meditation technique, a bit more forgiving perhaps, and I have also tried the eight limbs of yoga, which is what I work at every day.  These are just some suggestions.

After answering the question I saw that others also replied to the question, they all agree that there is no one method.

Some responses recommend TM or transcendental meditation, I am weary of them and perhaps it is good to add that bit here, and the reason why I say that is because when I called them in their downtown NYC Center I was told I would not even be seen by an instructor unless I paid 1000 dollars.  Then, after paying, I would get private sessions. RED ALERT!

I would be VERY suspicious of any meditation method
that charges an exorbitant amount of money (like 1000 dollars)
to give instruction.  

That was in the “honeymoon” phone call, while I was getting to know them.  I can’t say I trust them after that, no matter how many researches they have gotten done to “prove” their effectiveness.  There is no such proof.  The only proof can be found within, no need to pay a grand.

7 Responses to Which Is The Best Method For Meditation?

  1. kamalravikant October 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Good one, Claudia. For the longest time I could never do it regularly as I felt it had to be for a long while, so I made up my own short and focused version. And because of that, I've been able to do it regularly.

  2. Efrain October 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Claudia! Missed reading your posts. They're relaxing.

  3. carolina October 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    completely agree on your view on TM. the money issue (and not just a few bucks) totally creeps me out. vipassana has helped me a lot, though. there are also other teachers apart from goenka, that are less strict and have less rules during the retreats (e.g. some alternate between sitting and walking meditation, which is healthier for the body, some allow you to keep a journal during the retreat,

  4. ClaudiaYoga October 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Kamal, the more I practice the more I realize how true your words are, we must find our own ways, just like you say… whatever works is my motto these days 🙂 Nice reading from you

  5. bernadette October 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

  6. ClaudiaYoga October 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    🙂 Thanks Efrain

  7. kamalravikant October 17, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Haha, nice reading from you as well 🙂