8. Read spiritually inspiring books
If you sincerely want to advance in your meditation it is important to establish a habit of regular practice.
- Reading (or taking in spiritual videos or audio programs) serves two purposes i.e. education and inspiration.
- Your rational mind, which hopefully remains quiet during meditation, still needs to be satisfied. The deeper questions need to be answered, and the right spiritual books would be a good place to start.
- It is also useful to understand what you are doing so you can explain it to others. You might even persuade or inspire them to try meditation too. At the least you have a better chance of getting them off your back.
- The other big take-away from studying spirituality is inspiration. I love to read the life stories of people who’ve walked this path before.
- Set aside some time each day for reading uplifting books. After meditation, when your mind is calm and clear, is a good time to take a few minutes for reading.
9. Group Meditation
- Meditate with a group regularly and attend retreats whenever you can.
- The experience of chanting and meditating in a group is quite different from practicing on your own and is a great source of inspiration and support.
- Meditation retreats are an opportunity to go much deeper in your practice. Many people have their first intense meditation experience during an immersive experience of this kind.
- Meditation conferences, classes and seminars offer you a chance to enjoy the powerful energy generated by the group chanting and meditation, form new friendships and learn more about your practice and the ancient philosophy it is based upon.
10. Talk to a Meditation Teacher
- If you feel ready to commit to a regular meditation practice, it might be time to get some personal instruction. This can be a big boost to your practice and could give you access to more advanced lessons in meditation as you develop your practice.
- I am one of many teachers who work with the Ananda Marga spiritual movement.
- Ananda Marga means ‘The Path of Bliss’ and our association propagates the practices of meditation, yoga and social service. A teacher in this system is known as ‘Acharya’ which means ‘one who teaches by example.
- Our Acharyas offer personal instruction in meditation, free of charge.