So many of us these days are into meditation.
But what exactly is meditation?
When I have asked friends who meditate they have always said that Meditation is concentration, focus, etc.,
But what does Yoga Vashista have to say about meditation, "Meditation is the continuous flow of one single thought". Sounds simple, isn't it?
Try getting your mind to just think of one single thought and then you will realize how difficult it is.
Yogic scriptures describe the mind as a mad drunken monkey that is bitten by a scorpion. Need we say more?
A simple but very effective technique of meditation that I have found which doesn't use any mantra or chanting is the sound meditation.
Sound Meditation or Shabd Meditation
Using your thumb plug your ears. When you do that you will hear a sound. Focus your attention and listen to the sound that is present in the right ear ONLY. Do not focus or listen to the sound that comes from the Left Ear. Continue to listen to it for at least 30 minutes a day. The sound that is heard in the ears is called Anahatha Nada or "The Unstruck sound". I have found this to be most safest, simplest and the most secular way of meditating.