I don't know about you, but sometimes my meditations get a little, well, stale, and I need another technique to keep things fresh. So, I pulled a really old book off my bookshelf the other day and re-read Lawrence LeShan's How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery. It dates from 1974, and some parts reflect those groovier times, but it does provide several meditative techniques which are good to try. I thought I'd pass on my favorites over the course of this month so you can try them, too.
I think my all-time favorite meditation technique from this book is the Bubble Meditation. In this technique, you imagine sitting at the bottom of the ocean or a deep lake, and every time a thought arises (which is inevitable), you imagine it being encased in a bubble and then watch the thought-bubble slowly rise to the surface of the water. When another thought arises, you repeat the process. It takes maybe 6-10 seconds for each thought to arise, become encased in the bubble, then rise to the surface. I find it slows my thoughts down and allows me to view them objectively. It's very calming.
A variation on this meditation, especially if you don't like the idea of sitting at the bottom of the ocean, is to imagine sitting on a large rock overlooking a river or stream. Every time a thought arises, you imagine it sitting on a leaf on the river and floating downstream, left to right. This one works well also.
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