Below are a set of five short educational videos that Jodie and myself used for teaching a meditation method we developed called “The Gentle Resonance”.
We created the videos so that people who were unable to come to our meditation workshops would still be able to benefit from learning the method.
We used to run workshops teaching The Gentle Resonance for free. I believe that meditation is something that should be shared freely where possible, because it would be of such great benefit to mankind if we could all learn it.
My journey to learning meditation began many years ago, but I finally learnt to meditate properly by attending many S.N. Goenke based Vipassana retreats.
I still advise anyone who wishes to learn meditation to go to one of those, and not bother trying to learn any other way, at least when starting out. A 10 day Vipassana retreat is the absolute best way to learn meditation properly.
I have been meditating daily for over two decades, sometimes for many days on end, it has been one of my passions to learn it. I have studied a variety of meditation methods including two years on the Sri Yantra and the 12 Wisdom Goddesses (See Dr David Frawley’s excellent book on that latter). The two methods I respect the most and recommend new people to try to attend retreats in, are Vipassana as taught by SN Goenke, and also The Jhanas as taught by Leigh Brasington.
If you don’t have time…
Unfortunately, most people cannot afford to take 10 days out of their lives to attend a Vipassana Retreat. And since we were also teaching Tantra at our workshops and one of the most important requirements for Tantra is to have a calm mind, learning meditation was essential for our clients.
So, I spent a few months figuring out a way to teach meditation that did not required a 10 day retreat. The end result was The Gentle Resonance, and it works amazingly well.
No more scheduling required!
I will let the videos below tell the story and explain how to do it, but one of the great things about The Gentle Resonance is that once you learn it (which really takes less than an hour to figure out), then you never have to schedule meditation time again!
You can do it while driving, while waiting in a queue at the shops, or even while working, assuming the job you do does not require too much of your attention. It is perfect for doing it while you do those essential mundane chores, like washing up, cleaning, walking the dog, and so on.
Meditation works best when it becomes your way of life
Because The Gentle Resonance can fit into your day, it means that you can quickly make meditation a part of your day without interrupting your normal schedule. Once you learn it, you do not have to keep going back to a workshop or retreat to practice it.
Since you can do it anytime, anywhere, and while doing other chores, then it can very easily become a part of your lifestyle, and that is a very important point to understand – Meditation should become your way of life for it to work, not just something you do for 15 minutes just once a week.
The Gentle Resonance is perfect because it does not require constantly going into seclusion or retreat in order to do it. I often meditate using The Gentle Resonance in the middle of a busy street, or even at a loud concert it is possible. My favourite place is while driving, because alone in a car I can make as much noise as I want.
I know some people have taught it to their kids, and then use The Heart Resonance Soundtrack CD in the car on the school run. The soundtrack works to anchor the meditation time in your memory, and then the more you do it, the more you hear it, and the more your body knows what to do.
It’s a great way to teach it without forcing time-out for learning, because you are already doing something else mundane. I’d love to hear from other people where they have figured out to fit it into their day or teach their kids, maybe share in the comments below.
Making sound is the secret, but you can also do it without
The real secret to The Gentle Resonance method is that you make sound, and that sound focuses your attention. As your mind stays focused on the making of sound, so your attention becomes intently focused, and as you breathe out during this process, you find your entire being becomes focused on that sound going out of your body.
Don’t worry, there are ways to hide it so no one knows what you are up to, and you can do it without making any sound too, and you won’t look stupid or stand out.
But at first we teach it using sound to engage the mind’s focused attention. Once you get the hang of it, then you don’t need the sound any more. Personally I like to make sound because it helps the method work much quicker. I can get focused in minutes that way.
Doing the method a few times, you soon find your mind has become focused, and the making of sound in the throat is what has achieved it for you. It is a very powerful technique. It happens very quickly.
I see the method as a kind of modern-day, urban, guerrilla mediation technique, because we no longer have the time to spend learning these things. Life is too busy in modernity and it is noisy and aggressive, and it goes by us too fast for taking time-out for indulging in long silent retreats. Today we need things to happen much faster and in the midst of the chaos.
The Gentle Resonance is your best chance at learning meditation, and it will be with you for life, whenever, and wherever you go. But if you can get to a 10 day Vipassana retreat in the future…do it!
I highly recommend you find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed to learn it the first time, preferably lying down, and somewhere you can make sound. It may seem strange at first, but you get used to it once you understand how it functions to help focus your attention.
Go through each of the five below videos in order, and take it all in. Get to understand how it came about, and why it works, as doing so will help you when it comes time to practice the method.
Once you have learnt the method and when you want a quick refresher, then come back and listen to video number 5. The main explanation of the technique starts at 9:45 minutes and finishes at about 36:30 minutes.
The underlying ambient soundtrack that we use in the video is called “The Heart Resonance” and a 1 hour long version can be purchased and downloaded from here if you want a copy to keep on your phone or computer.
You don’t need to use a soundtrack when doing The Gentle Resonance meditation method, but it helps to block out noises while you are learning it and also the more you do it, the more that particular soundtrack will anchor in to your mind and body the idea that it is meditation time. That is one reason why we used it at the workshops. It also helps to know when the time is up without looking at a watch. Our workshops ran for 1 hour, as does the download of The Heart Resonance ambient soundtrack.
Everything else you need to know can be found in the videos…
If returning for a refresher of the technique, the main explanation of the technique is in video 5 and starts at 9:45 minutes and finishes at 36:30 minutes.
Don’t forget you can purchase a copy of the 1 Hour The Heart Resonance Soundtrack here which helps anchor in the method.