Once you start your mediation practice, you will notice some days are easier than others. I know I assumed you got better at meditating each time you did it, and eventually you can focus for a whole 11 or 22 minutes, no problem.
But that is not the case, it can be easy to focus for a few days and then feel distracted for weeks. Or it may never feel easy for you to focus.
While this change in ability to focus is natural and serves as a great tool for personal growth and increased awareness, there are a few things you can do to make it easier to focus and go deeper into your meditation.
The extra cool thing is that these tips work for deepening any meditation- Kundalini or from another practice.
Try them out and let us know what works for you!
3 Ways to Deepen Your Meditation
1) Focus on your drishti
Something magical happens when you shift your attention to an intended eye gaze (or drishti): your monkey mind quiets down. It’s seems to me that our minds don’t have the bandwidth to focus on a drishti AND all the mental chatter at the same time.
So, the next time your mind is wondering during a meditation, bring your attention to the eye gaze and notice if it helps you stay present to the practice. This works whether your eyes are open or closed (some meditations call for open-eyed drishti, and some for closed). If the meditation you’re doing doesn’t specify an eye gaze, a good default is to close your eyes and focus at the third eye.
2) Apply gentle root lock
Root lock is often applied during kriyas, but a gentle root lock can give your meditation a little boost, too. Just apply light pressure by squeezing your rectum, perinium, sex organs and lower navel muscles. To experiment with how it affects your meditation, and to help build the muscle memory for root lock, you can hold it for a few rounds of the mantra, and then relax it for a few rounds of the mantra. (If you’d like a guided tutorial on how to do root lock, click here to join the FREE 5-Day Kundalini Yoga Essentials course).
3) Cover your head
Yogis cover their heads for many reasons, but one of the most common is to help access a deeper meditative state. It’s said that covering the crown of the head helps to regulate the energy flowing in and out of the crown chakra. This can make it easier to focus during meditation. I know for me the time goes by much faster when my head is covered!
It’s recommended to use something white and made of natural cloth, but you can experiment with whatever you already have ike a beanie, scarf, or even a blanket. Whatever you use, make sure it covers the top/ crown of your head, and not just the front like a headband would. You can also experiment with pressure: I like to tie a scarf a little tight so there is some pressure. However, we’re all build differently and some people report discomfort or headaches when covering their head, which is why it’s important to experiment and notice how it works for you.
That’s it! Three ways to deepen your meditation.
Experiment with them and let us know what you notice.
Jen & Ramtin