Saturday, July 20, 2019

Primordial Meditation – Questions & Answers


Primordial Sound Meditation with Lisa Guyman

Why Meditate?

As Jerry Seinfeld says “just being human is hard.” In a speech he was giving on the difference meditation has made in his life he exclaimed that if he were a meditation teacher giving an introductory talk on meditation and explaining the reason why everyone should learn to meditate it would be that “simply being a human is hard.” That’s it.

There isn’t a better tool for helping us to navigate the landscape of life with greater ease and grace. The beauty of a regular mediation practice is that overtime the sense of peace/stillness/relaxation in meditation gets infused into the daily experience of life helping you to experience calm amidst the stress, chaos and busyness of life. At the same time, when practicing meditation regularly one can experience greater flow and synchronicity at work in their lives.

What is Primordial Sound Meditation?

“Primordial Sound Meditation is a healing practice that allows us to experience inner calm and deep relaxation. For thousands of years, people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s busy activity and emotional turbulence into profound peace and expanded awareness. (Chopra.com)

Primordial Sound Meditation is and easy to learn silent mantra-based meditation technique that can be practiced by anyone. It doesn’t require any specific beliefs, postures, or discipline, other than taking the time to meditate.

Where did Primordial Sound Meditation Originate?

Primordial Sound Meditation is rooted in India’s ancient yogic tradition. It was revived by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. It is a powerful mantra-based practice for moving beyond the mind’s constant stream of thoughts into the stillness of pure awareness.  As you meditate, you let go of stress and enter a state of deep restful awareness.  x

What are mantras?

Mantras are sounds that are repeated internally. They act like an anchor and take us within. The word mantra can be broken down into ‘man’  for ‘mind’ and ‘tra’ for ‘instrument.’ So a mantra is an instrument or vehicle for the mind.  When used correctly, these mantras guide the awareness from the level of activity to the realm of silence.

What are Primordial Sounds?

The mantras used in this meditation are made up of Primordial Sounds – the basic, most essential sounds of nature. These mantras are personal for each participant. When we silently repeat Primordial Sounds as part of the mantra, they help to take our awareness away from the frenzy of daily activity of the mind to the stillness of our spirit. The effect soothes our entire physiology-mind, body and soul.

What is the true purpose of meditation?

It is to lose the illusion of separateness and to recognize and experience oneness, peace and bliss. It is to become enlightened and almost better, lightened. People seek meditation out often because of stress or distress and meditation is very helpful in empowering and grounding us so that we can navigate life better.

Is this a chanting technique or one that is vocalized?

Primordial Sound Meditation is a silent mantra-based meditation that is easy to learn and practice. You’ll utilize your mantra silently and thus you can meditate anywhere. It’s completely portable because it doesn’t require any technology to practice. Anytime you can find a place you can sit comfortably and close your eyes for 20 minutes you can meditate.

 

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What differentiates meditation from relaxation?

In meditation, we slow down to a halt. The body settles down into a state of deep rest (deeper than sleep or in eyes-closed relaxation). This allows the body to begin erasing accumulated stress and explains the dramatic health improvements meditators experience. And yet while the body rests in meditation, the mind remains alert.

What is the best meditation technique?

The best meditation is the one you’ll practice! I personally practice and teach a mantra-based meditation. I teach Primordial Sound Meditation, a very complete system of meditation, in Denver and in Detroit, and I am available to teach at other locales. And, Chopra instructors can be found throughout the world.

What do I learn in the Primordial Sound Meditation Class?

You’ll learn everything you need to know to practice meditation on your own as a regular part of your daily routine. The course ranges from the practical (the four correct experiences in meditation, dealing with a busy mind, what time to meditate, where to meditate, what happens if you fall asleep, the ideal amount of time to meditate, fitting meditation into your life, the research on meditation, the benefits of meditation) to the esoteric (higher states of consciousness and synchronicity).

After taking the course you’ll have the skills necessary to meditate easily and successfully.

How do I sit when practicing Primordial Sound Meditation?

In one word – comfortably.  In Primordial Sound Meditation the most important thing is being comfortable. You can sit in a chair with your feet on the floor.  You can sit in a chair with your legs stretched out on an ottoman.   And of course, you can choose to sit on a meditation cushion or cross legged or in lotus or whatever is most comfortable for you.

Do I need a teacher to learn to practice a classical meditation?

No, and yes. You can utilize guided meditation to get started. However, to learn a classical form of meditation it is very difficult to meditate successfully from an article, book or a two-hour course. Why? It is not because meditation is difficult, but because meditation is the easiest thing you could ever do! And because it is so simple . . .we complicate it, and find it impossible to do easily and effortlessly. We then think “I can’t meditate.” and we quit. So I believe a course is nearly essential so that the student can both successfully experience meditation and get all their practical questions answered.

How do I know if I’m doing it right?

If you are being effortless and easy with the process and not ‘trying to meditate’ then you are meditating correctly. You’ll also know you’re doing it right if you notice the effects of meditation in your daily life i.e. you’re happier, more relaxed, less stressed, etc.

But my mind is really active and I can’t turn off my thoughts or make it go blank?

Contrary to popular belief, thoughts are actually a part of the meditation process. Yes, there will be moments of quietude in meditation, but there will be times when thoughts seem endless. And this is OK. Thoughts in meditation actually indicate the
successful release of stress.

How do I receive my mantra?

During this course, Lisa will teach you your personal mantra, which is calculated specifically for you by The Chopra Center. If you sign up for Lisa Guyman’s Primordial Sound Meditation class you’ll have an appointment with her one-on-one to receive your mantra over the phone.

How is the mantra selected?

Your mantra is based on your time, place and date of birth and is calculated by The Chopra Center according to a Vedic process.

What are some of the things I’ll learn in the class?

You will gain an understanding of the variety of experiences you may have in meditation and the benefits you may notice in life including the higher states of consciousness that unfold through regular practice.

What benefits are possible with a regular practice of meditation?

This is the most difficult question to answer because meditation permeates and positively affects every aspect of our life from our health, to our general happiness, to our success and productivity, to our spirituality, to our intelligence and creativity. In meditation, we get deep rest allowing our bodies to erase accumulated stress. We also become more centered and at peace. There is greater ease within and without. Over 600 studies have been published on mantra-based practices.

Even though meditation should not be considered a cure by itself, research has shown that it contributes to reducing stress and we know that stress is a major factor in disease.

There are countless benefits to meditation. The profound rest that is experienced in meditation is deeper than sleep thus allowing your body to restore, repair and rejuvenate. It helps to erase the effects of stress. And helps you experience less stress in your daily life. People often report that they are able to navigate lives challenges better and that things that used to create anxiety or frustration or annoyance or a sense of hassle suddenly have far less impact.

Meditation has been shown to improve health and vitality, decrease stress, increase creativity, create greater enthusiasm for life, increase happiness, increase intuition, bring greater fulfillment to and from relationships, create a sense of calm and peace, a renewed sense of well-being and increased synchronicity.

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What is the difference between Primordial Sound Meditation and guided meditation?

Primordial Sound Meditation is a silent practice utilizing a mantra and is a classic form of meditation that enhances all aspects of well-being.  Guided meditation is a form of meditation practice where you work on or enhance specific aspects of healing or manifestation and is an ‘interactive’ process where you are guided to a place of relaxation with voice and music.

Primordial Sound Meditation is about going to a place of ‘being’ whereas in guided meditation you are led to a place of ‘being and doing’ at the same time.  I view classic meditation as a daily foundation practice and guided meditation as an amazing supplement to that practice and particularly helpful for anything you want to specifically work on. Listeners of my CD say they use it for chakra work, to help them fall asleep, de-stress, to use while flying, to gain insight and to support their manifestation process.

I’m still not sure if I want to take this course? How do I decide?

Read my chapter on meditation published in the book Sacred Healing. Perhaps seeing through the lens of my experience you’ll see just how amazing meditation is!

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What is Lisa Guyman’s background?

Lisa Guyman, is a Reiki Master and is certified by The Chopra Center as a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor and as a Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga instructor.  She independently sought out and learned to Transcendental Meditation at the age of 16.  She then attended the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa her sophomore year of college where everyone practiced Transcendental Meditation. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in psychology and is an author on the subject of meditation (Lisa Guyman’s Chapter on Meditation), has produced two meditation CDs and has taught meditation since 2004 and Reiki since 1998.

 

What is the difference between Primordial Sound Meditation and breathing awareness meditations?

 I consider both of these practices to be classical practices of meditation.   There are two main types of classical meditations, one is breath-based and the other is mantra-based.  For breathing awareness meditation the breath is the point of focus and for mantra practices a sound utilized silently (usually) is the point of focus in the meditation.  Both of these can be effective practices, but I personally find that the mantra serves as an anchor helping the new meditator more easily go within.

 

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Warning: Meditation can become so natural that it feels like you are doing nothing. And you are! Doing nothing and yet everything at the same time. And that is great!  I’ll conclude with this great advice: “Don’t just do something, sit there.” Osho.

Taking time to meditate is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself and in your life.

In theory, meditation is simple. It’s being, not doing, It’s surrender, not control. It’s lettting go, not holding on. It’s acceptance, not resistance. It’s being truly present, not reflecting on the past and not anticipating the future.

In practice it can also be simple. Contrary to popular belief meditation is not about controlling ones thoughts or emptying the mind. It’s simply about gently shifting the awareness back to center.

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“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there.” Deepak Chopra