So many people today, wonder why they cannot find a quiet of the mind. My, oh my, so much needless suffering. People stop me and say, “Swami Cat please tell me how to meditate.” I’ve decided to do a video to help those who need it. My lovely assistant Yoga Girl will demonstrate, mostly because I do not have opposable thumbs.
You can start with the breath.
(Yoga Girl demonstrates alternate nostril breathing.)
Analoma Viloma. Good to focus the mind, balance the mind.
(Yoga Girl breathes deeply and mucus comes out of her nose. She scrambles for a tissue, embarrassed.)
Consciously tell the mind to relax. Now is your time, your time to go within, listen to your higher power. Or maybe there is only silence. And maybe that is a lesson in itself, no?
(Yoga Girl sits quietly and we notice her falling asleep. Her head leans forward and touches the candle on the altar. Her hair catches on fire and quickly she wakes up and pats her head.)
Ow, Ow, Oh my—I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Continue.
(Swami Cat shakes his head disapprovingly. He looks directly into the camera and sighs.)
If your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath. Try a mantra. If you do not have a specific one, try simply Om Shanti. Breathe in “Om,” exhale “Shanti.” First say the mantra out loud. Then just mouth the words and lastly when you are calmer, say it only in your mind.
There are many other ways to come into one-pointed-ness. You can stare at a candle, this is Trakta meditation. You can do some kirtan chanting or singing of uplifting songs.
(Yoga Girl gets fidgety. She uncrosses and re-crosses her legs, scratches an itch and then sees dust on the altar. She uses her finger and finds that it is a thick layer of dust.)
I should dust the altar. I’ll get a rag.
(to Yoga Girl)
Pick up one of the great spiritual texts, read a passage and meditate on that. Maybe you need to dedicate the meditation to a certain person. Send love, light, healing to them with your whole heart, mind and soul.
(Yoga Girl chants and waves the candlelight in circles around the picture of Swami Cat and then around a picture of his master, Gurudev Purrananda.)
And remember when you sit in meditation you are not alone—millions are sitting at the same time all over the world, sitting in quiet, tuning in to the love and wisdom of the universe and there is enough love and wisdom to go around. It is true. So enjoy, it is all for fun! Enjoy this present you give to yourself.
(Yoga Girl spoons a tiny bit of water into her hand from the cup on her altar. She sips the water and it goes down the wrong way. She begins to cough and choke. SWAMI CAT chuckles kindheartedly.)
Ah yes, we all have to start somewhere. Remember it is a practice. It is not called a “perfect.” I hope this was a little bit helpful. Namaste.
(SWAMI CAT bows to the camera. YOGA GIRL bows too, as she continues to cough.)