Questions about Meditation
QUESTION: IS IT DIFFICULT TO MEDIATE?
It is NOT difficult to meditate, in fact, it is quite simple and very relaxing.
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MEDITATION?
The purpose of meditation is to bring about a balance and harmony between mind, body, and spirit. The harmony already exists; all it requires is conscious recognition and experience. Although problems and situations occur in everyday life, meditation helps you to maintain a sense of peace within yourself.
QUESTION: WHY SHOULD I MEDITATE?
Meditation expands your awareness and unfolds you inner knowingness. Meditation awakens virtues and positive qualities in you. Thousands of scientific research studies in the past 30 years have shown the benefits to the body, mind, behavior, improvement in quality of life, and self-esteem.
QUESTION: WHAT IS PERSONALIZED MEDITATION AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER GROUPS?
To be truly effective, meditation practices are individually prescribed and individually taught. There are many types of meditation techniques and an infinite number of variations within each category. The precise combination of practices that a person needs are dependent on many factors. For this reason in AMS, meditation techniques are individualized by highly trained teachers.
QUESTION: HOW CAN MEDITATION HELP IN MY EVERYDAY LIFE?
In daily living, we become more able to tackle our problems from a place of evenness, calmness and greater creativity. We learn to turn that which was previously not joyous into joy.
QUESTION: IS MEDITATION AND THE AMERICAN MEDITATION SOCIETY A RELIGION?
No. Meditation is for everyone. You don’t have to be a religious person to meditate, nor do you have to follow a certain philosophy or belief system. AMS Meditation is available for all people. There are people from all races and religious backgrounds that practice the techniques that we offer.
Religions may differ at lower levels, but the meeting ground of all religions, at their highest level, is that God is love and love is God. If you are a Christian, become a better Christian, If you are a Muslim, become a better Muslim. If you are a Jew become a better Jew.
QUESTION: HOW LONG DO YOU MEDITATE?
The length of time depends on the individual and their experience. Most people meditate for 20 minutes, twice daily.
QUESTION: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Course fees are determined by your local teacher and are on a sliding scale when necessary. A suggested donation of $150 is given to AMS for the individualized mantra practice.
QUESTION: DO I HAVE TO SIT IN A YOGA POSTURE TO MEDITATE?
No. You sit comfortably or lie down to meditate. Allowing the body to be comfortable is important.
QUESTION: DO YOU HAVE PRACTICES FOR CHILDREN AND MOM’S WHO ARE PREGNANT?
Yes. We offer special techniques for both.
QUESTION: HOW DO I LEARN?
Instruction may be taken in a series of weekly classes or on a retreat. See Find a Teacher .
QUESTION: WHAT KIND OF MEDITATION DOES AMS OFFER?
We offer classes in beginning mantra meditation which allows one to experience deep relaxation. We also offer instruction in complementary practices that involve visualization, breath work, and pain management. Individualized mantra and chakara techniques are taught by our Level II Instructors.
QUESTION: WHAT IS GURURAJ’S MESSAGE?
People today function with a highly developed level of mind, yet the heart or compassionate part of ourselves is underdeveloped. That is where our teachings differ from most of the systems in the world; with our practices there is a simultaneous development of the mind and heart. The message is age old, but presented in its modern context.