My question is simple. others find it duplicate but still it's unique in terms of meditations next level.

I read that, for meditation, there are many different ways to stay focused.

e.g. focusing on breath, third eye, heart beat etc..

But, while meditating I can't find anything like third eye or any part of it.

So, what's the base?

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    @sv. The question is not on meditation techniques but on how to focus. May 13, 2016 at 18:11
  • @AmitSaxena I initially wanted to link to How do I do meditation? but that is closed as dup. of the one I linked earlier. And isn't 'how to focus' a meditation technique? :) May 13, 2016 at 18:14
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    this is the classic example of experience vs belief. Without jumping in the water, you cannot swim. Without having swimmed, how do you get the courage to jump in the water? Similarly, without having meditated, you dont know where or what is third eye, however without knowing that how can you meditate on it? You have to draw a line somewhere. Either go with something you are comfortable and you can relate to (like a flame or a picture of God), or take a leap of faith and imagine the third eye with the belief that it shall be revealed eventually! Good luck :)
    – Sai
    May 13, 2016 at 18:50
  • @sv. In my opinion, 'how to focus' is one of the many myths floating about meditation. Hence, it deserves a separate question. This is usually believed by people who have not begun meditation and/or have just read about it. May 14, 2016 at 5:56

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You do not focus in meditation. It is the exactly opposite of that. Meditation is not concentration, it is de-concentration. You just have to relax. Ofcourse, high energy is needed to be able to relax, hence it is preceded by Pranayama and Kriya Yoga.

Q – What is Meditation?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – Many believe that meditation is concentration or that it takes a lot of effort. Meditation is not concentration. It is the opposite of concentration. If you have to drive anywhere, you need concentration. If you simply have to relax at home, there need not be any effort. You don’t need concentration.

Meditation is deep relaxation and no concentration. So, if thoughts come during meditation, we do not try to chase them. The more we chase them, the more they come. If you want to get rid of a thought, it will not be easy. It will come back in a stronger way.

So, we have another strategy. If bad thoughts come to us, we hug them, we shake hands with them. Then, they disappear. If good thoughts come, we give them a hug, then they become quiet. We do not try to stop any thoughts, it’s an effortless practice.

Taken from: http://www.artofliving.org/meditation/srisri-meditation/sound-to-silence

I was lucky to be introduced to meditation at the age of 17. I would recommend that rather than doing it on your own, you learn it from a proper teacher. There are many such good organisations teaching meditation - Art of Living foundation, Isha Yoga foundation etc.

Hope this helps! :)

  • This is not entirely true. There are two types of meditation - contemplative and concentrative. Buddhism explains this better.
    – user1195
    May 14, 2016 at 4:43
  • @moonstar2001 Sorry, I do not agree with you. I assume that you meditate? May 14, 2016 at 5:52
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    thanks amit that helps me lot, i also lucky as like u in terms of meditation starting, but i follow OSHO rajnish, still i also listen all other gurus too. now i have long experience of just relaxing while meditation, yes my memory and inner peace become stronger, but what i need is the next level of mediatiaion, do you have any words on it? please share..
    – Bharat
    May 14, 2016 at 7:29
  • @Bharat Hi Bharat, lets chat here: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/39774/discussion-on-meditation May 14, 2016 at 8:06
  • @AmitSaxena i dont know but i can't add any msg in chating..
    – Bharat
    May 16, 2016 at 4:58

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