Our lives are filled with unfinished thoughts and un-started projects swirling around in our heads like a debris filled tornado. Sometimes we need to clear mind-space so we can work with undivided attention on one single complex task or problem. This is deep work, and this guided meditation is the one for deep work.
The purpose of our Living Meditations project is to create meditations that everyday professionals and householders can weave into their daily schedule. These ten-to-thirty minute meditations can be dropped into the schedule like a spoonful of sugar into a jug filled to the brim with water, adding to the flavor without spilling over an already filled space.
This guided meditation can be done at your office, but be sure to find a place you can hum easily without being interrupted. You’ll also need a blank piece of paper, and about ninety minutes blocked on your calendar. The guided sitting itself is thirty minutes, and you may use the remaining time to work on that one project that you’ve been meaning to do when you have your complete attention.
The technique of humming is an ancient tantra technique, described in the text Vigyana Bhairava Tantra. In Paul Reps’ 1957 classic, Zen Flesh Zen Bones, this is translated as “Intone a sound, as a-u-m, slowly. As sound enters soundfulness, so do you”. The tune we have used for this guided meditation is Ode to Joy, that old uplifting creation of Beethoven’s genius mind. It’s a familiar tone that’s recognized across cultures.
Living Meditations are age-old wisdom that we can practice in our lives today. They are based on the ancient text of Vigyana Bhairava Tantra that lists techniques to discover the true nature of this wonder-filled universe. These techniques are simple, pure and practical. The practice requires no theory, no beliefs and no tools or tricks. Sugar is sweet no matter what your education or cultural background may be— but you have to taste it yourself first. These meditations are a way to taste the inner mysteries.
Click here to listen to guided Meditation for Work without Distractions