ANALYTICAL MEDITATION TECHNIQUE AND RESEARCH STUDY
Analytical Meditation Technique and Research Study
“Life can be pleasing or despairing. Practice analytical meditation for a fruitful life and to make it positive.”
“Reasoning enhances positive states of mind and thereby overcoming the attitudes, thoughts and emotions that lead to suffering.”
- Dalia Lama
A meditation technique which involves systematic investigation and analysis that brings about inner change is Analytical meditation. As a spiritual aspirant, the primary aim in practising analytical meditation is to disassociate the true self from the ego. His holiness Dalia Lama explains that, in this type of meditation, one needs to meditate on the bothering issue or thoughts accumulated by the mind from various sources and use reasoning to unravel and interpret. As reasoning hones positive states of consciousness and alleviates thoughts and emotions that lead to suffering and dissatisfaction. Also, analytic meditation brings about inner change through systematic investigation and analysis thereby leading to the optimum and proper use of human intelligence.
Analytical meditation Technique Procedure (As explained by His Holiness Dalia Lama):-
He says, “You need to focus attention thinking about a problem that you are trying to solve, a topic you may have read about recently, or any topic of recent discussion you participated and not on a chosen object, as in single-point meditation. He guides to separate the problem or issue from everything else by placing it in a giant, clear bubble. With eyes closed, think of something nagging -- something you couldn't entirely solve. Thus putting this problem into the bubble, observe. The problem is now directly in front of you, floating weightlessly in mind, at your free will to do anything of your choice developing focus. With practice, you will observe less intuitively; the bubble rises while disentangling itself from any other attachments, such as subjective emotional considerations. You will visualise it, as the problem isolated itself, and came into a clear-eyed view.
With awareness, we master not to allow unwanted emotional factors to blur the elegant and practical solutions right in front of us. Through analytical meditation, Dalia Lama suggests that logical reasoning to be practised to more clearly identify the question at hand eliminating irrelevant considerations, doubts and derive clear answers. As we do so, we will experience the conclusion more clearly. It works and engrossing to the analytical minds! So let’s get analytical.
Further analysing; if I’m not that waves of thoughts if I can watch it, change its pattern, form, nature, able to re-focus it if I can observe it, then who am I? Who is doing the witnessing? Knowing,” It’s my true inner-self.” It’s the self that's connected to everything in a place of calm reason and being. That’s what we’re after—that moment of calmness between the thoughts where we can rest and find our true pure, peaceful self. That holy abode of “unified consciousness.” Thus analytical reasoning can deconstruct any wrong beliefs which are hard to shed, by actively examining the concepts we cling to and questioning whether they exist. With practice, logic becomes more sustainable, and understanding gains force, leading to wisdom.
Example: - Dalai Lama explains, “When one is angry about a situation or person, analytically meditate what was your involvement/contribution in some way to the condition that made you angry. Usually, in that moment of anger, you tend to perceive the person who harmed you as 100% wrong. But more in-depth analysis will make you realise that every human being has these dualities, i.e.positive as well those characteristics that fuel the situation and aren’t helpful — trying to understanding his perspective helps to dilute the anger harboured against the person.”. Ultimately you are at peace and happy.
Regarding research study Analytic meditation may have a significant role in a field of psychology. According to the Dalai Lama, Buddhist techniques for meditation may help actively cultivate positive states of consciousness such as kindness, compassion and tolerance.
“The doorway to Divinity is… available as direct experience in the exact split second of ‘now’ which is discernible between two thoughts.”—Dr. David Hawkins