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Meditation

Meditation has never been an easy practice for me. The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts and refers to a very broad range of practices that include techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (i.e. qi, ki, prana, etc.) as well as developing compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.

As the image below shows meditation can be practiced easily, and gently, while sitting in a chair. There is no need to contort yourself into a pretzel shape.

Meditating sitting in a chair. Feet flat on the floor. Hands resting on thighs. Back straight.

Over the past decades I have tried a number of different types of meditation such as the Transcendental Meditation technique, Tibetan Buddhist sitting practice at Shambhala, Kirtan Kriya and the Relaxation Response.

I have found that the Kirtan Kriya / SaTaNaMa meditation with its combination of sitting, mantra and mudra works best for my Acquired Brain Injury monkey mind.

So what is meditation?

The English word meditation is derived from the Latin word meditatio, from a verb meditari, meaning “to think, contemplate, devise, ponder”.

Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs.

I use the 11 minute version Kirtan Kriya / SaTaNaMa meditation technique. Doing this twice each day is recommended.



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