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Is Your Posture Aligned with Mahadev's?

To do Shiva meditation, also called 'Mahadev meditation', you need to maintain the Shiva sitting posture

Dalai Lama once said, "We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."

Do you ever feel like you're running so fast in life, with endless to-dos and must-haves that you forget the feeling of simply being? So, it's important to pause for a bit and slow down.

In order to be powerful externally, you need to be peaceful internally. And that's what is embodied in Lord Shiva's meditation. Also known as Shiv meditation and Mahadev meditation, this meditation holds a supreme place which makes you deeply connect with yourself, leading to a spiritual growth.

In the last blog, we discussed the meaning, benefits and quotes associated with a meditation technique that is considered to be one of the most powerful meditation forms.

In this blog, we will delve into the steps and sitting postures associated with Shiva meditation. Lord Shiva, often depicted in a state of deep meditation, symbolizes pure consciousness. Many people have questions regarding Shiva sitting posture to begin their meditation sessions. So, let's get started.

The ideal sitting posture for Shiva meditation

  1. Choosing the right spot: Find a space which is quiet and free from any sort of disturbance. You can sit on a yoga mat, a cushion, or folded blankets for added comfort. Remember, it's important to wear loose-fitting, breathable clothes that allow you to stay comfortable and focused while meditating.
  2. Positioning the legs: When you're sitting, bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together. This posture, often referred to as the lord shiva meditation posture, stretches your hips and quadriceps, preparing your body for the meditation process.
  3. Spinal alignment: One of the most important things to remember while meditating is keeping your spine straight. It facilitates smooth flow of energy throughout the body, avoids pain or discomfort and keeps you focused. To ensure this, keep your head, neck, and spine aligned in one straight line.
  4. Hand placement: Place your hands on your lap in such a way that your palms face upwards. This position is symbolic of receiving the universe's energy.
  5. Eye position: If you want, you can meditate with your eyes closed or open. If open, maintain a soft gaze, not focusing on anything in particular. If you're a beginner, closing your eyes will keep you away from distractions and help you focus your attention inward.
  6. Breathing: As you breathe in, imagine a bright light flowing through your body and making you feel alive, energetic and releasing tension. Picture this light coming together at the center where your breath goes in and out. This helps you pay better attention and makes your meditation experience better.

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Visualizing Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva meditation: The right Shiva sitting posture

While meditating, you can visualize various incarnations or images of Shiva. This not only enhances your meditation experience but also strengthens your spiritual connection. Chanting mantras, such as "Om Namah Shivaya," which means "I bow to Shiva," can further deepen this connection.

Steps to meditate on Shiva

1. Getting ready: Prior to commencing your meditation, it's essential to find a tranquil sanctuary where external disturbances won't intrude upon your peace. Opt for attire that feels soft against your skin and doesn't hinder your movements. Positioning yourself on a yoga mat or a plush cushion can enhance your comfort, allowing you to delve deeper into your meditation without physical distractions.

2. Sitting posture: When meditating with a focus on Lord Shiva, two postures are predominantly recommended: sukhasana, often referred to as the simple seated pose, and padmasana, more commonly known as the lotus position. Whichever stance you gravitate towards, it's imperative to maintain an aligned spine, as this aids in the free flow of energy and concentration. Allow your hands to rest gently on your thighs, ensuring they are at ease, further promoting a state of relaxation and mindfulness.

3. Breathe easy: Breathing is a fundamental and transformative practice. Begin by taking deliberate, unhurried breaths, allowing yourself to be fully present in the moment. As mentioned above, when you draw in each breath, visualize a radiant light permeating your entire being, invigorating every cell and fiber of your body. This light symbolizes positivity, vitality, and life force. With each inhalation, let this luminous energy rejuvenate and refresh you. Conversely, as you exhale, consciously let go of any accumulated stress, tension, or negative thoughts. Feel them dissipating and leaving your body, making room for peace and tranquility. With this cycle of breath, inhale positivity and exhale negativity so that you feel calm and balanced.

4. Visualization: Visualization is a powerful tool to connect with your inner self and the divine. Begin by centering your attention on the space between your eyebrows, often referred to as the third eye or the seat of intuition. This is a sacred point of concentration and spiritual insight. As you focus on this area, allow your mind's eye to paint a vivid picture of Lord Shiva, the deity symbolizing destruction and rebirth.

Imagine him in his magnificent form, standing tall and majestic. His skin is cool blue, and his tranquil eyes radiate wisdom and compassion. He is adorned with a crescent moon on his head, and the holy river Ganga flows from his matted locks. Around his neck, you can see the coiled serpent, representing his control over desires and passions.

Now, picture the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, with their snow-capped peaks touching the heavens. The serene ambiance of the mountains complements the divine aura of Lord Shiva. The gentle sound of temple bells and the distant hum of mantras add to the sanctity of the scene.

If you can't resonate with this visualization of Lord Shiva, then it's completely fine. You're free to imagine or visualize him in a way that you feel more connect with. The key is to immerse yourself in this visualization, feeling the blessings and energy of Lord Shiva enveloping you.

5. Chanting: "Om Namah Shivaya" This sacred mantra is one of the most revered in Hinduism, dedicated to Lord Shiva. When chanted with devotion and sincerity, it can lead to profound spiritual experiences and inner transformation. The mantra translates to "I bow to Shiva," signifying surrender and devotion to the divine. By reciting "Om Namah Shivaya," you seek to merge their your consciousness with the universal consciousness or the divine energy of Shiva. It's a powerful invocation that can purify the mind, elevate the spirit, and bring one closer to the divine essence within.

6. Pure bliss: Bliss is the outcome of a deep and profound meditation experience that brings you joy and happiness. Once you're done with you meditation session, avoid rushing into your daily tasks. Instead, give yourself a few moments and stay in that meditative state so that you can keep it with you all day.

Feel the vibrant energy flowing through your body in such a way that brings you peace and joy. This is not just a fleeting feeling, it's the real you that is dancing to the beats of the universe, free of any worries that hold you back.

Keep your eyes closed and let this blissful feeling heal and calm your mind and body. Visualize this energy as a radiant light, expanding from your heart and enveloping your entire body, creating a protective aura around you.

As you sit in this state of bliss, express gratitude for the experience and the insights gained during your meditation. Recognize the immense power of stillness and the magic that unfolds when you connect with your inner self. Carry this feeling of bliss with you throughout the day, letting it guide your actions, thoughts, and interactions with others.

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Benefits of Shiva meditation

Shiva meditation posture and steps to follow to do Shiva meditation

Shiva Meditation, a profound practice rooted in ancient Hindu traditions, offers a plethora of benefits that cater to the holistic well-being of an individual. By focusing on the divine energy of Lord Shiva, you can unlock a treasure trove of advantages:

  1. Deep calmness: One of the most immediate benefits that you can experience with Shiva meditation is the profound sense of calm and peace that comes along with it. This feeling of tranquility isn't just limited to the duration of your meditation, it affects your psyche deeply which releases your tension and makes you calm, even in times of chaos.
  2. Eradication of unwanted thoughts: The mind is often cluttered with a lot of of unnecessary thoughts. Shiva meditation helps in decluttering the mind, allowing you to focus on the present moment and giving you clarity of thoughts to think faster and better.
  3. Boosted immunity: When you meditate regularly, the stress hormone, cortisol decreases and endorphins and other neurochemicals are released due to which the body's natural defense mechanisms are enhanced.
  4. Aid in weight loss: Stress is a known contributor to weight gain, especially around the abdominal area. As meditation, it helps you in weight management and achieve a more balanced physique.
  5. Overcoming fears: Lord Shiva symbolizes destruction and rebirth. Meditating on his energy can empower you to face your fears, break free from your shackles, and embrace new beginnings in life.
  6. Enhanced memory: The clarity and focus derived from Shiva meditation can lead to improved cognitive functions. Regular practitioners often report better memory retention and sharper concentration.
  7. Strengthened relationships: When you meditate, your mind is more calm and receptive, you tend to pause and reflect and hence, you respond rather than react. This makes your bonds strong and healthy.

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Final thoughts

Shiva meditation is not just a technique; it's a journey towards knowing yourself better and then acting on it. Follow the steps and maintaining the correct sitting posture, you can experience the divine energy of Lord Shiva and ascend to higher levels of consciousness.

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