7 most powerful yet simple meditations

solo's picture

Average: 4.7 (29 votes)
  1. Accepting and observing whatever is now.
  2. Self Inquiry - Observe your sense of "I", your many personalities, all these false "I"s you can observe as objects and therefore are not truly you, the observing subject. Make sure to observe these "I"s with no identification. Use the question "Who Am I?" but do not try to answer it intellectually, wait for the mental pointer to arise spontaneously from the question and direct you to a current sense of "I"
  3. Being - abiding in the "I Am", in the subject, with no objects observed. It's easier than you think.
  4. Death - realizing the mere fact that this "my body", this "me", is only a fleeting episode, temporal, soon to cease and die.
  5. Am I the Body? - Look at your body as an external object. look at parts and processes of the body and realize that you have no idea how they exactly work, you have no control over them, you didn't designed nor created them. So on what basis, then, you claim ownership over them, regard them as "I"? Isn't it the same situation also with any world object? So why don't you reclaim ownership over all world objects?
  6. Level of Trust - check on your current level of trust or/and the corresponding opposite level of skepticism, disbelief. Note that both of them are conditionings of the mind, beliefs (also the disbelief) and so, at some stage, you better go beyond both.
  7. Fundamental distress - check your current level of fundamental distress, the underlying basic energy of sorrow, fear and pain within you that attracts all painful emotions. Observe this underlying pain and accept whatever you feel with no identification. If you find it hard to locate this pain, ask yourself "How do I feel right now?" or "Do I feel a complete bliss and serenity right now? And if not, why? what basic emotion within me covers the substratum of bliss and serenity?" Let these questions point you to the fundamental distress energy.

kalgo's picture

I would add Anapana to this excellent shortlist

A great shortlist. I also think that it includes the most valuable meditations for true spiritual progress.

I would add another one, very simple yet proves with time to be very powerful:

  • Anapana - Just observe your breathing. Do not try to control it (in the beginning you might see that once you observe it, you try to control it, it is ok, just be aware of that and soon it will dissolve), just observe it - do not even mind the exact parts of the breathing (as this highly involves the mind), try to observe without analyzing the breathing. If it helps, focus on some part which is involved in the breathing process (e.g. your nose, your chest, your belly etc.) and observe the effect of the breathing on this part (it is easier to observe a certain physical process than an abstract mental object such as "breathing").
kalgo | Sat, 05/10/2008 - 12:30
kulchnaui's picture


Vipassana in which through observation of body sensations you invoke the whole mental conditioning - emotions, feelings, sensations.

Vipassana is the most powerful meditation I have came across. Goenka makes sure as part of the system that your mind will not bring its habitual commentaries, speculations, reasonings, and other common garbage we usually tend to use out of our fear of no activity, no thinking, our fear of meditation.

kulchnaui | Fri, 01/09/2009 - 15:55
mystic_saurabh's picture


Jai Shri Guru!

Dear friend,

I try observing the emotions, feeling and sensation but how make sure that, "your mind will not bring its habitual commentaries, speculations, reasonings, and other common garbage we usually tend to use out of our fear of no activity, no thinking, our fear of meditation."???

What's the technique for that?

Thank you in advance :)


mystic_saurabh | Mon, 08/17/2009 - 14:27
LeslieTripathy's picture

Few of my doubts got clarified

I guess yor blog has clarified my doubts.
Thank You

LeslieTripathy | Tue, 01/13/2009 - 12:20
enlight's picture

The most important is missing!

This list is wonderful, really! This is why I am so surprised that the most important meditation ever is missing: watching the thoughts.

Watching the thoughts is so important precisely because of the fact that we are so identified with the thoughts, with the thinker.

Until we do not watch the thoughts as some "outside" voice, we will not be able to get free from their control which is no. 1 obstacle of the modern man.

Eckhart Tolle gives a special emphasis on this meditation.

enlight | Tue, 04/21/2009 - 08:17
Phroggy's picture


Your thoughts DO come from 'outside'. They happen spontaneously and the illusion of control is what keeps us chasing them. Tolle recognized that the thoughts in his head we're not what he is, and he found he was able to position himself as the observer, which allows the gap to widen between the thinking and what You really are.

Phroggy | Tue, 04/21/2009 - 09:28
dora's picture



Since thoughts tend to be a "boring" object to observe, many tend to neglect them as an object, it is more entertaining to observe streams of energies in the body or even mental pains. But the observation of thoughts is so vital in order to disidentfy from these which are perceived maybe more than anything else as us.

From my experience, when this gap starts to widen the effect is so strong that the whole subject ceases to be "boring" anymore.

dora | Tue, 04/21/2009 - 09:41
Quantum's picture

watching thoughts....

I believe Tolle. But so far, I'm not fully experienced yet with being separated from thought while watching thoughts. When I watch my thoughts, it becomes my mind watching my thoughts. In other words, it comes my mind watching my mind. And if I observe that, then my mind again creeps in and it becomes my mind watching my mind watching my mind. Ad nauseum. Time for an aspirin.

So, I focus (my mind and mental activity) on the feeling of breathing. Or, "feel" my breath while I am stationary (sitting/standing). While walking, I feel each footstep. These practices seem to center me better.

As Bruce Lee said, "Don't Think! Feeeeeeeeel"

Seems to work for me.

Quantum | Fri, 01/15/2010 - 22:49
Papalam's picture


nice meditations... like the last one. will use that tonight.

Papalam | Fri, 10/28/2011 - 08:25