One common complaint of people who are just beginning to practice meditation is they have a hard time concentrating. With such chaotic lifestyles and a constant need to be moving and doing something, sitting still for any period of time can be difficult. One way to help you stay in the moment is to try energy meditation. Ilchi Lee walks people through this process in his book, "Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life."
Ilchi Lee teaches that the universe is made out of energy, as are human beings. We are receiving and giving off a flow of energy with every breath and action we take. In order to better understand how this works, and have something to concentrate on while meditating, try the following:
- Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed. Place your hands on your knees. Breathe deeply. Instead of trying to focus your thoughts on something in particular, acknowledge anything that comes to mind and then let it go. Don't dwell on things you haven't done yet or fears about the future. Recognize you are having a thought and then clear your head again.
- Raise your hands to chest height, palms facing inward. Imagine there is a ball of energy between your hands. What does it feel like? Is it warm or fuzzy? Can you see what color it is? To some, this entity is white, while to others it is purple or red. There is no right or wrong answer, everyone's energy meditation is their own.
- Focus on feeling and seeing the ball. This will keep you in the present and diminish the flow of thoughts drifting through your mind. After sitting like this for a few moments, move your hands up and down in tandem. You are still holding the energy ball, but it should move with you. You can even stretch your hands, extending the distance between them or moving your palms so they are parallel with the ground.
- As a closing for this method of meditation, Ilchi Lee recommends rubbing your hands together until they feel warm, and then running them over your face and neck. This is transferring the energy you meditated with into a physical form that your body feels.
For further meditation practice, change the energy ball's size, shape and color. You can also move around with it, making sure to concentrate on not dropping the ball or letting dissolve. You may find yourself feeling much more relaxed after taking part in energy meditation.