Spiritual Awakening, Growth, and Enlightenment/Meditation



Thanks for taking the time to read over my question. I was hoping you could shed some light on what meditation leads to enlightenment. I've practiced vipassana, anapanasati, and entering the jhanas.
I am under the impression that I am supposed to attempt to detach my mind from my thoughts, but I don't quite know how to do that. I was just hoping for a little insight on a daily practice I could perform in order to become more enlightened and less attached. Thanks for any help you can give.


Hi Jake - thank you for your question concerning meditation.

First, it sounds like you're on the right track by studying the disciplines mentioned in your question. All of these traditions stress the importance of meditation as a path to enlightenment.

The best advice I can offer - is to recommend that you close your eyes for a couple of minutes before you go to sleep at night and use a mantra that will help you to clear your mind of all thought. Keep repeating these words in your mind and don't let any other thoughts enter. If you find that your mind is wandering - come back immediately to your mantra and its continuous repetition.

Eventually, you can extend this exercise to 5 minutes before you go to sleep. After you're confident that you can control your mind for this amount of time, you'll be able to meditate during the day in a quiet place. Over a period of months, try to work your way up to 20 minutes per day. The ideal situation will be to meditate 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon.

A word that has always worked for me while clearing/controlling the mind is "Clear." Maybe this word will work for you - or maybe you'll find another word that will help you to eliminate thoughts from creeping into your mind.

I hope this information has been helpful. I attended a seminar on meditation at Maharishi University and they recommend this method for meditators who are having challenges while emptying the mind. It just takes time, perseverance, and devotion - and within a short time you should be able to master this essential practice!

With best wishes,  

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