Deep Meditation Techniques
In order to understand the nature and value of deep meditation techniques it is necessary for us to examine the word "deep". We use this same word "deep" in reference to a good sleep where we are totally "out of it" and merging with the body circumstance everything temporal. "Deep" suggests that we drop somewhere. "Deep" suggests that we move into a more simpler more profound more primal (or primary) space.
As far as deep meditation techniques are concerned it is important that we once again be clear about our intent. There are three fundamental attractions to meditation practice and they are progressive one to the other. The first is relaxation then healing and finally self-realization (or enlightenment).
For relaxation deep meditation can be achieved similar to sleep. A good distraction can do this for example a movie or anything creative that fully engages the mind. Guided meditations can be very effective in achieving deep distraction. These forms of distraction in guided meditation CAN be effective in meditation for healing.
The body and psyche knows that it needs some form of restorative or rejuvenating experience and is consequently attracted to situations that will provide this through involvement (or distraction from otherwise stressful thought patterns). If we look closely at this phenomenon we can recognize the nature of this attraction and can consciously provide more effective means.
Day-dreaming is often discouraged in the young student. This "vegging out" is actually natural and necessary for the psyche and body. Parents educated in the nature of child development know not to interrupt a child "lost in thought". The fundamental value of this observance is to not disturb the sacred process of natural self-inquiry and meditation and merging with source.
For those who have yet to see the value in and so seek out meditation restorative and rejuvenating (even enlightening) experiences are limited to whatever can be managed in everyday living. For these individuals any depth of meditation takes the form of involvement or distraction and sleep.
However for those of us who seek deeper and more relaxing healing or enlightening experiences and wish to retain and develop this sense of peach well-being and clarity conscious involvement in meditation is there. This brings us to the intent to discover deep meditation techniques that work to more fully relax heal and enlighten.
Deep Meditation Techniques
Depth of meditation is directly related to the degree of involvement of the mind. The less the mind is active the deeper the meditation. This alone however will not translate into deep meditation. True and deep meditation is a meditative experience wherein one is still fully aware. This differs from the experiences referred to above that are governed by distraction.
Our goal in truly deep restorative meditation is to remain alert and attentive without the engagement of the mind. There is a difference between awareness and mind. Awareness is fundamental and mind is not. Mind is a way that awareness becomes preoccupied. One can drop the thinking process and remain quite conscious. One is in fact more conscious&mdash more aware. The word "deep" suggests that we move from where we are to somewhere deeper. In truth deep meditation can only occur when we give up the idea of any improvement over the present.