To be spiritual is to live each moment in intense communion with life, a union that requires sloughing off layers of identity and conditioning until you reach a void by attaining samadhi.
Six ways to blissTranscendental Meditation
It involves repeating the mantra selected by your TM teacher. The mantra gets increasingly refined and acts as a vehicle for the inward journey of the mind. Eventually, both mantra and thoughts are transcended, leaving pure consciousness.
Popularized by Osho, it starts with 10 minutes of deep chaotic breathing. For the next ten minutes, there is screaming, crying, jumping, dancing, whatever. The next stage is jumping and shouting 'Hoo' loudly. Then STOP right there. Be absolutely still for the next 10 minutes.
The Sufi Way
Murakabah is meditating under the master's guidance. In zikr you repeat a mantra-like formula. Qawwali produces a state of ecstasy through music. The dervish dance induces a loss of lower self-consciousness.
Popularized by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, mindfulness means being aware from moment to moment.
Rediscovered by Swami Satyananda, founder of the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, you begin by rotating your consciousness through different parts of your body, relaxing each. Follow this by feeling polar opposites such as heaviness and lightness. The last segment is a set of visualizations.
Rediscovered by Acharya Tulsi, Preksha awakens your discrimination, thereby controlling passions and purifying emotions.
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