Want to go deep in meditation? Want more effective meditations? Then there are 15 very deep meditation techniques advanced meditators should try.
I previously shared the top 31 meditation techniques in the world. Today, I’m going to show you the best advanced meditation techniques that will take you further than ever before.
Some of these advanced meditation techniques are from Buddhism. Some are from yoga. And some are modern new-age meditations. They are all very deep meditation techniques that need to try. And they are all ways in which you can go deeper in your spiritual practice.
Will you dare to try em? That’s the question.
15 Very Deep Meditation Techniques Advanced Meditators Need To Try
So you’ve gotten stuck on the path to enlightenment. Use these deep meditation techniques to go further.
1. Go deep in meditation by making it about others
Meditating to achieve personal happiness is one thing. Meditating for someone else’s happiness takes it in an all new direction.
When you make someone else smile you bring good vibrations to yourself. Perhaps the best way to go deeper in meditation is to help other people. This develops your own practice and brings the benefits to others too.
One strategy is to start doing Buddhist karma practices.
Buddha used to spend every morning meditating and then actively helping others. When you finish meditating, look for ways you can make other people happy or relieve their suffering. This takes meditation into the real world.
2. The simplest deep meditation technique is just to go for longer
To go deeper in meditation, take longer sessions. Simple as that.
What is the maximum time you have ever meditated for? An hour? Two hours? Four hours? A day? A weekend? Go long.
At meditation retreats we often meditate for whole days.
Challenge yourself. Maybe you can make it to an hour, two hours. Go longer than normal, but make sure not to push too hard. After all, there are some risks involved with meditation.
3. Another great advanced meditation technique is… Silence?
Nothing is more powerful than the sound of silence.
Silence occupies the universe.
Sir Francis Bacon said, “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.”
Learn to love silence.
Meditating on silence is one of the best deep meditation techniques. And all it requires is a focused mind and two open ears.
4. Go deep in meditation while doing yoga
There are many ways to use yoga as a deep meditation technique.
For starters, traditional styles of yoga can be done in a meditative way (just focus on pranyama, which is control of breathing).
Another excellent strategy is to start doing Pratyahara yoga, which is yoga for the mind.
5. Go deep in meditation by meditating on “Enemies”
I hesitated to use the word “Enemy” in the heading because no one is truly our enemy.
However, there are people we don’t get along with or who make us angry.
These people can be immensely powerful objects for meditation.
Practice loving kindness meditation while extending thoughts of love and kindness to the people you do not generally get along with. Then act kindly towards them and show compassion in person to them.
6. For an alternative deep meditation technique: Teach others
If you truly want to take your meditation practice to an all new level and you don’t mind putting in the work, then try teaching.
When you teach meditation you gain an all new understand of meditation and of other people. And it’s not as much work as you might think.
Take a look at our guide to teaching meditation.
7. If you want a new and very deep meditation technique, change styles
At times you’ll want to try a different meditation technique.
Trust me, you haven’t tried them all.
How do I know that? Because we’re constantly discovering new meditation techniques.
8: Another advanced and very deep meditation technique is meditative dance / dynamic meditation
Some meditation techniques are advanced in the sense that they are literally very hard to do. And some meditation techniques are advanced in the sense that only practiced meditators will truly give them a shot.
One of those advanced meditation techniques is dynamic meditation and dace meditations like Nataraj.
Dynamic meditation is a movement-based meditation created by Osho in the 1970s.
Funny thing about this: When Osho created dynamic meditation in the 70s, he was actually trying to make meditation easier. But most meditators you speak to have never actually gotten around to doing this technique. I know meditators who have done virtually every Buddhist and yogic meditation, but somehow they’ve never tried dynamic meditation. Weird.
Have you tried it? If not, the time is now! Here’s how to do Osho dynamic meditation.
Then there are other techniques like QiGong, Tai Chi and Taoist meditations, which often involve exercise.
So when you’re bored of sitting or lying down, get moving.
9 For a very deep meditation technique, do it somewhere public
Do you want a very deep meditation technique, or a meditation technique that trains your mind in amazing ways?
For the latter, try meditating in a public place. You will not go as deep as you normally do, but you will train your mind big-time.
I personally love meditating on the bus. Yes, the bus. It’s busy. It’s full of strangers. It’s noisy. It’s basically the absolute worst place to meditate. And because of that, it is a challenge.
Sit somewhere public and meditate for one hour without opening your eyes. I’ve personally done this in the dark at night in the city but there are obvious risks to doing that and I don’t recommend it.
In my book Zen And Now I discuss how you can meditate literally anywhere. Try meditating in a new, more challenging space.
10. One of the deepest meditation techniques is blindfold-meditation.
This is a style of meditation that actually comes from martial arts.
Wing Chun Kung Fu incorporates the use of blindfolds.
When you blindfold yourself and try to move, you force yourself to rely on senses other than sight.
On a day-off, blindfold yourself, then try to carry out your day.
Be safe though.
And because I don’t want to get sued I have to point out that you probably shouldn’t do this at any time ever because it’s not safe… it will make your meditation deeper though.
11. To go deep in meditation for real, make it a way of life
Most people meditate at specific times.
They spend their twenty minutes or so practicing. And then that’s it. They return to their usual way of life.
If you really want to get the most from meditation, meditate the whole day while doing your everyday activities.
Washing up? Do it mindfully.
Talking to someone? Again, do it mindfully?
Walking somewhere? Make it a Zen walk. R
unning? Zen run. It goes on.
Make meditation your life.
Your current lifestyle is a source of some of the deepest meditation techniques. And all you have to do is look for ways to meditate while going about your fay.
12. When you’re ready for the deepest meditation technique, try pain
Hmmmm…. disclaimer time.
Ask a doctor.
But the next time you are in pain meditate on it.
Take a look at my guide to meditating for pain relief for more on this.
13. Two gentle but sometimes very deep meditation techniques are binaural beats and Tibetan Singing Bowls
Personally I am not into binaural beats at all because they are unnatural.
I would personally much prefer to find a waterfall and meditate on its sound.
But it’s obviously a heck of a lot easier to navigate to Youtube than it is to navigate to a waterfall. So, hit up Youtube, find some binaural beats and listen.
For a much better option, however, get yourself a Tibetan Singing Bowl to meditate on. Science shows that singing bowls put the mind in a deep meditative state.
14. When you need the deepest meditation technique, try Tukdam
Tukdam meditation is a type of meditation used near the time of death.
Believe it or not, there are reports that some monks have lived to 200 by staying in Tukdam meditation state.
Read my guide to Tukdam Meditation.
15. Make It Oh So Wonderful
If you want to do a deep meditation technique that is more effective than usual, simply employ a few tools.
For starters, make sure that your meditation space is perfect. The environment you meditate in has a huge effect on the depth of our meditate state.
There are many excellent tools we can use for meditation. They include apps, wooden fish, statues and more.
Or alternatively, you could always isolate yourself in a flotation tank (otherwise called a meditation pod).
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