posted on Sep, 23 2009 @ 03:50 PM
I personally went down the Taoist route, rather than transcendental. I found it much more based on bodily sensation, and the movement of ch'i, which
I already understood well from taichi.
It's really quite simple. Start with taoist, or reverse, breathing. Let your abdomen (and your dan tien, the point an inch or so below your navel)
expand outwards when you exhale, and move in, towards your spine, when you inhale. Concentrate on your breathing, and nothing else.
When you can do this easily you have to get in a position in which the flow of energy around your body is unimpeded. This is difficult to explain,
much easier to show. You can sit in a chair, but the full lotus position is the best for deep meditation as it concentrates the energy in the upper
body. Your back should be straight, not with your chest puffed out but so you can run a hand up your back and not feel any dips or bumps in your
spine. Your head should be held as if it is suspended by a wire right at the crown of your head, directly above where your spine joins the skull, your
chin should be slightly lower than this point. Your shoulders should be held as if there is a tennis ball under each armpit, not against your sides.
You will feel the difference when you get this right. Lastly, you lips should be closed, your lower jaw relaxed so that there is a very slight gap
between your upper and lower teeth. The tip of your tongue should be touch the upper teeth at the gum-line.
Now you will be ready to start the lesser heavenly circulation. Your mind leads your energy, so imagine that you are breathing in energy with each
inhale. Feel it traveling down your chest as it fills your lungs, then draw it down further to your navel. As you exhale, send it further down,
through your genitals and perineum. Inhale again, and feel the energy going up your spine, exhale when it reaches the middle of your back, and let
your next inhalation draw it up over the back of your skull to the crown and through your brain, then through the bridge in your jaw made by the tip
of your tongue. Now start the circulation again. A flood of saliva at this point shows you are getting it right.
Spend some time letting this become natural, and then you can start emptying your mind. Let thoughts come, do not fight them, but also do not attach
to them. Let them be like bubbles in water that rise from the depths and then burst. Soon you will be able to ignore them, and then they will stop
Then, just keep practising.