I always thought of meditation as something that you did locked up in a room, all by yourself with nothing to distract you. It was as though you are escaping from the world. As I read and practiced more, I realised that meditation can be done anywhere, anytime, in any situation and while the quality of your meditation will probably improve with time, you can still meditate even in public spaces. I catch myself just stopping, becoming aware of myself and perhaps taking a few moments to focus on my breath every once in a while during the day now. Needless to say my understanding that there are many kinds of meditation increasingly grows. One fascinating style is meditation on light.
This meditation is done first thing in the morning as soon as you wake up. You don’t get out of bed, you don’t brush your teeth or have your coffee, you do it just as soon as you are awake with your eyes closed. You visualise a bright light entering your body streaming into your body through the head. Just woken up, your brain is not completely alert and perhaps partially still semi-conscious which allows you to penetrate deeper into the recess of your brain. You may have other thoughts as you focus on light and this is fine but go back to thinking about the bright light entering your body. Next focus on darkness entering your body through your legs. Its harder to visualise darkness but over time you will get used to the idea. Do this for twenty minutes everyday both in the morning and at night as soon as you wake up and just as you are falling asleep. If you fall asleep it is great as the effect will continue into your sleep.
I can easily vouch for the fact that meditation makes you feel more focused, more anchored. Increasing your repertoire of practice styles will give you a great sense of calm.
Meditation on light has been taught by many people. I first learnt about it from reading the books of Osho. What is reproduced here is an extract from his teachings.