Jangama Meditation – What’s it all about?
Jamgama Meditation teacher, Simon, explains what it’s all about.
In a nutshell, what’s Jangama meditation all about?
We are a group of experienced meditators guided by the meditation master Shiva Rudra Balayogi, and the aim with our courses is to educate people on the amazing benefits of a regular meditation practice, giving them a foundation to establish a meditation practice for themselves. Jangama meditation is a practical set of teachings explaining how we can overcome the restless mind, gain focus and control and achieve that elusive peace and happiness that we are all looking for, knowingly or unknowingly.
How should I do it, and what are the benefits?
Meditation is a method to bring our minds under our own control, discovered by the ancient Sages of India and practiced through the ages. Our mind is the powerhouse through which we achieve and enjoy everything in life – but its cravings are also the cause of tension, insecurity and loss of peace. Everyone knows how important it is to have a healthy body, but how to have a healthy mind is often overlooked.
Through regular practice it is possible for any of us to live without the stress and anxieties that often invade life in this modern age. With our minds under control, concentrated and focused we can achieve the best in whatever duties or pursuits we have while also thinking of a larger cause and considering the needs of others.
How does it differ from other forms of meditation?
The Jangama Meditation technique (Jangama Dhyana) is unique as there is no external anchor to focus on. The mind is trained simply to watch itself so that it recedes and becomes quiet. A deep purification happens over time which can have a profoundly beneficial effect on the practitioner.
How did you come to Jangama meditation yourself?
I have been interested in meditation since my teens, but it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I realised there was a lack of control and focus in my mind that was causing me stress and it was this that finally spurred me into looking for a practice. I came across the group in London via my brother, who had joined sometime earlier and had been benefiting from it a lot. Once I came into contact with like-minded people who were sincere in their practice, I started meditating every day and it became second nature very soon. The concepts of how the mind and meditation works have been very helpful in understanding what we are trying to do in meditation and the added bonus of having a living Meditation Master to ask for guidance really is a boost – to this day, eight or so years later, it continues to inspire me to keep putting in efforts.
What’s it done for you?
When I started meditation for the first time, it was a little bewildering – there were so many thoughts coming constantly. I wondered how is it even possible to make this mind quiet? But as I practiced I saw that if you have patience, the mind does eventually recede and become quiet. When it becomes quiet then a taste of the real peace in the mind can be experienced. And once you get that, you would not like to miss it for even one day.
This meditation has made a huge change to my life. Since it is a training for the mind to become more focused, I see that effect in my daily life, work and dealing with everyday issues and relationships. When the mind is more under control, every aspect of life is enhanced. Now I can see how things affected me before and could make me lose my peace were because my mind was not properly under control. Because of meditation I can deal with the problems that life throws up in a much better and more positive way without stress. Life has become a lot more enjoyable as a result. Of course, it is a work in progress, but knowing that I am on the right path and if I keep putting in efforts, things will only get better and better is a source of great comfort and inspiration to keep going.
Sounds great, how can I learn more?
We are here to support your meditation practice in every way. We hold two courses, one course for those wanting to learn the technique to reduce stress in their lives and a course for those with more of a spiritual inclination. Please check out our website at www.jangama.org for more info about our courses and course dates.
Group meditations are a great way to give a boost to your practice with like-minded people. We hold meditations every Tuesday evening in central London and every Saturday at various locations in London. We also hold residential and non-residential weekend retreats every year for those who may want to explore meditation more deeply. Our smartphone and tablet app ‘Shri Babaji’ has a meditation timer and is available for android and apple. For any enquiries email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.