If you want the ultimate meditation for peace, here’s the truth:
No one’s going to hand you a script.
That said, there certainly are texts you can work with. I’ll share one of the best ever written with you.
But the ultimate sense of peace is something you need to explore in a way that creates a tailor-made meditation.
The good news is that it’s fast, fun and easy to do.
On this page, I’ll show you what it is and help you get started.
The best part?
It’s scientifically valid. That means the process is almost certainly bound to work for you.
What Is A Meditation For Peace?
Sounds obvious, right?
You sit down, work through some mantras and then feel better.
The problem is, peace means a lot of things to a lot of different people.
For this reason, a meditation for peace script is only going to get you so far.
But one style that has helped me a great deal is nondual negation.
To benefit from this approach, I memorized the Atma Shatakam.
It works because it helps you find separation from the content of your mind and identification with your body.
There are two versions, and it is sometimes called Nirvana Shatakam. This is one beautiful rendition I continue to work with daily:
But at the end of the day, it addresses immediate concerns.
For the ultimate solution, we need to go deeper.
Find The Ultimate Unrest
In order to find ultimate peace through meditation, we need to take on whatever is bothering us the most.
For some people, it might be an issue like PTSD or depression.
That’s why I’m so glad I found the work of Dr. Tim Dalgleish. He has shown that you can tackle unhappy mental states by using the method of loci to reduce their impact.
It’s anecdotal, but one of my memory students has also experienced relief from his PTSD by using this memory-based meditation approach.
I’ve also shared some of my experiences with this approach:
So how does it all work?
Basically, you create a Memory Palace and fill it with happy memories.
Then, in your favorite meditation pose, you run through the happy memories one at a time.
But first, you need to face the problem squarely.
The trick is to allow yourself to find the ultimate unrest so that you can “tackle” them with your happy memories in a structured way.
How I Made Peace With A Turbulent Episode From My Past
Without getting into too many of the gruesome details, I once lived in a home with my dad and his girlfriend.
Bad things happened there, some of which scarred me for a long time.
When I first started getting into meditation for greater self knowledge, I knew I had to tackle my bad memories of this place.
Here’s how I got started as I taught myself how to stop thinking about the past. After I explain the simple steps, I’ll circle back to the Nirvana Shatakam with some additional useful meditation tips and tactics.
Peace Meditation In 4 Steps
To get started, you’ll want to first create a Memory Palace.
It’s simple. You just identify a simple room as discussed here:
As you can see in the thumbnail, I’ve selected a room and placed four happy memories, one in each corner of the room.
It really helps to draw the Memory Palace. That way you don’t have to work so hard at visualizing it. In this case, I used an office I had while working on my PhD. The place itself involved a lot of happy memories.
Once you’ve got a place identified and organized, here’s the second step:
As you mentally navigate from place to place, you place your happy memories one by one. By “place,” I simply mean that you associate the happy memory with a corner, wall or piece of furniture.
This process is tremendously meditative on its own.
Third, when want to bring on that sense of ultimate peace, you enter the Memory Palace and “trigger” or “fire off” those happy memories. Or to put it less dramatically, you bring the happy memories to mind.
You can do this any time anxiety (or anything else) causes you to start experiencing unrest.
The fourth and final step is to simple repeat as necessary.
The Next Level
Remember how I told you about memorizing the Nirvana Shatakam?
Well, I transplanted the memorized words directly into the home that troubled my memory so much.
And because of the nondual negating aspect of the meditation, I finally found peace with all of those bad memories.
It worked a heck of lot better than the Michael Roach meditation I shared in this video about ancient memory techniques.
When you’re ready for this step, instead of using a happy location for placing your positive memories, use the most troubling location of the memory you’re most in need of surrendering to peace.
An Unusual Meditation For Peace And Positivity?
Quirky, perhaps. But as you’ve seen, it’s been scientifically verified.
It’s also not that different from the kind of gratitude meditation frameworks you find in books like Right Concentration.
We’re just changing the program to reflect a particular need: peace.
Not just itsy bitsy peace, but the whole enchilada.
If you enjoyed this quick training and would like more, check out my review of Happiness Beyond Thought next. That’s the book where I first discovered the Nirvana Shatakam.
Until next time, I wish you tremendous peace. Past, present and future!
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