Meditation Q&A 冥想的問與答(上)
“冥想音樂”為什麼對深化冥想沒有幫助？ Why doesn't meditation music help deepen meditation?
那麼需要使用香薰或者蠟燭嗎？有幫助嗎？ Do I need to use aromatherapy or candles? Is it helpful?
Anwser: For the same reason, aroma oil is not recommended during meditation, because aroma or smoke can cause interference. If you want to use them, you can incense before meditation to create a pleasant environment. But we suggest not to smoke again when you start meditation.
The shaking candlelight can also be distracting, although your eyes are gently closed. If the candle is of good quality and does not always flash, it may not cause too much boredom. But your attention should not be placed on the candle during meditation, external light is not important.
冥想體系和方法有很多，它們之間的區別在哪裡？我如何知道最適合自己的方法是什麼？ There are many meditation systems and methods. What is the difference between them? How do I know which method is best for me?
Answer: All meditation systems are designed to help students understand their innermost nature. We can compare these seemingly different methods to the roads on the hillside. The scenery on the road is different, but the ultimate experience on the top of the mountain is the same.
Some meditation systems will use mantra to practice. Some systems use other methods. Most systems require attention to breathing. Whichever method you choose, the most important thing is to stick to it and practice regularly. Different students have different personalities, preferences, and abilities, and the methods applied by individuals are also different. You can learn one and keep practicing for a while, and observe your reaction to it.
It is not enough to focus on breathing in meditation. Practitioners should also learn to transcend consciousness in the spiritual realm, even the unconscious part. Some heritages can lead students to this level, while others are limited to the focus on breathing. It is indeed important to be able to sit well and pay attention to breathing in a comfortable and stable posture, but human beings themselves are also a constant thinking existence, and we cannot ignore the different levels of mind and spirit. Therefore, the highest level of meditation is the method that can lead the practitioner beyond all levels of mind. We are not criticizing other methods of meditation, but some methods are more complete.
In conclude, the practitioner must recognize his nature, which is the source of consciousness. Spiritual ideas are differentiated from here. The consciousness of the "Oneness" exists outside the body, perception, breathing, and mind. Therefore, the best practice method should be comprehensive, able to remove all obstacles, so that we can get the deepest experience inside.
瑜伽不僅有許多技巧，路徑也是多種多樣的，比如奉愛之路、行動之路，我應該如何選擇呢？ Yoga not only has many skills, but also has various paths, such as the path of devotion and the path of action. How should I choose?
Answer: The roads are diverse and different, but there is only one goal. What can help you achieve deep inner satisfaction is the way you have to go. Gradually, you will understand what is best for you.
我能用鬧鐘給冥想計時嗎？ Can I use an alarm clock to time meditation?
Answer: From the beginning stage, you should increase your willpower. Make up your mind to wake up on time and meditate for 10, 15 to 20 minutes. Spirit is the greatest timekeeper. As the practice continues to progress, you will find that the mind will wake you up and meditate. Once you make up your mind to wake up at a fixed time, there is no need for external timing tools.
Generally speaking, meditation itself does not need an alarm clock to time, because meditation is different from the sleep state, you will not lose time awareness. In addition, at the end of a peaceful meditation, it will be very uncomfortable to be disturbed by the harsh ringtone of the alarm clock. If you are worried about time, you can put a clock within the line of sight to refer to the time, or choose to meditate when the time is not tight. Early mornings and evenings without trivial matters are suitable for meditation.
如果腿開始酸痛或者發麻怎麼辦？ What if my legs start to sore or tingle?
Some postures are uncomfortable at the beginning of the exercise, because most modern people cannot sit on the ground for so long. Although it is difficult to adjust the body in the early stage, it will not be used to sitting on the floor (this will happen when any new exercise begins), but this is also normal. When you gradually adapt to your meditation posture, you will feel more and more natural. Remember, never force your body to cause pain. Exercise before and after meditation practice is very important to maintain good blood circulation.
有時我的冥想很順利，有時卻總是受到干擾。遇到這種情況該怎麼辦呢？ Sometimes my meditation is smooth, but sometimes I am always disturbed. What should I do in this situation?
Answer: When the mind is occupied by trivia and desire, the meditation experience is disturbed. In this case, you should make up your mind and ignore the ideas that arise in your mind. Before sitting down to meditate, be determined and focus on breathing. This is very important. No matter how many colorful thoughts appear in the brain, don't disturb them. If you can learn to watch your thought process and not get lost in feelings, images, thoughts and wishes, then those thoughts, whether good or bad, beneficial or harmful, will not disturb you.
有時身體會發癢，頭會歪，還會出現其他症狀，比如打哈欠，同時伴隨流眼淚和吞嚥唾液的慾望。怎麼處理這些干擾呢? Sometimes the body is itchy, the head is crooked, and other symptoms such as yawning are accompanied by the desire to shed tears and swallow saliva. How to deal with these disturbances?
Answer: If these conditions occur in the early stages of meditation, make sure that you do not overeat. Learn to keep your mind from being affected and stay aware of your body. These problems will be resolved soon.
冥想的時候我為什麼會感到害怕? Why am I afraid when I meditate?
Answer: People with this kind of problem often evade certain desires and have some suppressed ideas; others evade themselves and do not want to face their own thinking process.
In fact, the practitioner is safe during meditation. Because the closer a person is to the depths of his heart, the closer to eternal truth, the safer he is. Indeed, during meditation, we will realize the various motives and suppressed feelings hidden in our minds. But the practitioner should cultivate inner firmness, recognize their face, and then learn to let go of them, so that they will not interfere with their own ideas. As long as they meditate in good faith, continue to practice regularly and are determined, students will eventually overcome these obstacles.
念誦（Japa）是什麼? 應當如何使用它進入深度冥想？ What is Japa? How should I use it to enter deep meditation?
Answer: Recitation is the process of constantly repeating a certain mantra in your heart. It helps self-consciousness maintain awareness of the center of consciousness and can practice at any time, place and situation. One of the best ways to practice is to meditate. At this point the tongue is still. The brain is always used to thinking non-stop and obsessed with the world. The practice of letting mind be tied to chanting can effectively resist this tendency. When chanting becomes spontaneous consciousness (Ajapa Japa), one can achieve inner comfort, joy, peace and happiness. If you practice chanting with your heart, rather than just repeating it mechanically, it will help your students achieve rapture (Mahabhava).
All cultivation systems in the world will recommend certain recitations. For meditation practitioners, this is a powerful support and help. In the practice of chanting, you can use Mala, which is a string of beads, much like a bead. Or just meditate in your heart. If you use rosary beads, every time you repeat the mantra, you have to pluck a bead.