I was not comfortable with meditation at first. It sounded like a new-age thing that did not make any sense. Perhaps you think meditation is not for you and it’s a little too much esoteric. What I call ‘meditation’ now is something I experiment on a really physical and practical level. It really feels like exercising my brain like I can exercise muscles. Perhaps I am not meditating but I guess there is no meditation regulation committee so I will continue to use this word.
I’ve experimented with a new technique recently. This is just a small ‘trick’, it’s not even a technique really, more like a concrete observation.So you can use this as “how to” meditate better (or close your eyes and think).
Here is the technique: I close my eyes and I completely relax my tongue. I know… it sounds strange. I don’t know about you, but my tongue is almost always activated, pressing against my teeth or the roof of my mouth or simply floating in my mouth. It rarely becomes relaxed and pulled down by gravity. I noticed it also gets tensed when I am preparing to talk or when I am writing. Am I weird or are you the same?
Relaxing my tongue seems to have an effect on the muscle in throat and my shoulders. It feels like everything was locked there and suddenly became able to relax.
In the book I read (Anna Wise – The high performance mind) it is explained that when the brain commands the tongue it puts us in verbal mode. Our brain responds to the somatic activation of the tongue (and vice-versa) and we find ourselves stuck in this mode. To sum up: we think the way we talk. I believe this is how most of us “think”. This reduces our meditation process to our language grammar when our brain could actually go to other layers of abstraction.
We all had these experiences that we can’t describe with words because the feelings involved would be lost in translation. Somewhere between the brain electrical memory and the words, a filter cuts a part of the experience. I’m sure you have some examples that come to mind. When we try to over-analyze a feeling with grammar in mind we reduce the meditation to an inner dialogue, we think with words. I almost can ear myself and picture the words I am using. But when I go beyond words, new layers of idea associations get accessible.
I’ve experimented with this for the last couple of months. It’s not an instant ‘ta-da’ recipe. After a while I started to observe that my brain had more difficulty to think on a grammar level when my tongue was relaxed. Then it was a little disturbing to perceive things differently and to get these ideas that did not have any concrete descriptions. I get more and more comfortable in this process now even if I feel I can’t ‘grab’ the ideas. I find myself capable of observing them from a different perspective. It does not provide better answers and this is not a magic formula but it is just interesting to observe ; just a different approach.
Did you already experience this? Do you have a similar meditating technique? Leave a comment and share your experience.