You might wonder what a deep meditation feels like, what happens when you are in a deep meditation, or whether it can be dangerous.
If you’re looking to go deeper in meditation, there are 15 very deep meditation techniques advanced meditators should try.
I previously shared the 31 best meditation techniques in the world. And I discussed how some of the deepest meditations are Taoist techniques.
Today, I’m going to show you the best deep 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 style. Plus, there are tips for continuing your regular practise but in advanced ways.
What Is Deep Meditation? And What Does It Feel Like?
You’re probably wondering what a deep meditation is, the benefits of such an experience, and signs of a deep meditation.
The meaning of deep meditation is that we have entered an altered state of consciousness in which we are profoundly relaxed and at peace.
Deep meditation experiences can completely change our perspective on life. Many people talk about how mindfulness quietens the mind. However, this is just the beginning.
Sometimes you will naturally go to a higher meditate state without even trying. You may have already experienced such a euphoric state. Or maybe you’re unsure, in which case you might wonder what the signs of deep meditation are.
Signs of deep meditation
British-Australian Theravada Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm says that “Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.” The more you train those muscles, the deeper you will go in your meditation practice.
The signs of deep mediation are a feeling of disconnection from your day-to-day life. Things that usually bother you don’t even seem relevant. As Zen Master Hsing Yun says, “Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live.”
Another sign of deep meditation is an out of body experience, almost like an astral projection. I once felt like I was drifting over the world looking down on myself from far off. That was a powerful experience that I will never forget. Or you might just feel the most profound sense of stillness and inner peace.
Benefits of deep meditation.
When your body is in a state of deep meditation you will be incredibly relaxed. Your breathing will be deep and diaphragmatic, which helps to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, and to increase oxygen circulation.
Another benefit of deep meditation is the perspective you get.
Spending even a few minutes in such a profound meditative state can completely change your perspective on life, making your stresses seem trivial. This, as explained by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, moves us past the clouds of duality (Buddhist kleshas / Hindu vasanas or samskaras) so that we achieve oneness.
There are also physiological benefits.
Deep meditation reduces activity in the amygdala (which creates the “fight or flight” response; heightens activity in the frontal lobe and activates the parasympathetic nervous system for some therapeutic relaxation.
Best Deep Meditation Techniques
Some of the deepest meditation techniques include:
- Sound baths
- Full chakra dhyana
- Yoga nidra
- Daoist Emptiness
- Kundalini meditation
Some people talk about deep guided meditations and deep meditation music. However, anyone who has truly experienced a powerful meditation will know full well that guided meditations and music are just child’s play compared to the techniques above.
The Deepest Meditation Technique
The deepest meditation technique according to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi is Self Inquiry, which he called the most efficient and insightful way of uncovering oneness.
This method is also the one that New York Times bestselling author Eckhart Tolle advocates in his books. It is a deep meditation that you must prepare for.
Prepare for deep meditation
To prepare for deep meditation you will want to warm up your body. You can do this with gentle yoga stretches like Child’s Pose (Balasana) and Easy Pose (Sukhasana).
Note that to go deep in meditation you need to do it properly i.e. an app isn’t going to cut it, sorry Headspace and Synctuition.
You will definitely want to sit with good posture to stimulate the flow of prana. Tuck your chin in a little. The founder of philosophical Tao, Lao Tzu would recommend placing your tongue lightly against your hard pallet too. Overall, you should feel relaxed, stable, grounded, and energised.
Deep Meditation Mudra
Use a mudra. The best mudra for deep meditation is Prana Mudra, which is done by lightly pressing the tips of the fifth and fourth fingers on the pad of the thumb, and gently reaching out the index and third finger. This is said to heighten the flow of prana.
It’s probably no surprise that the best mantra for deep meditation is Om. It is, after all, the essence of ultimate reality.
Deep meditation script
- Begin by taking a good meditation posture on a chair or on the floor. You may sit in lotus position or half lotus position if you can do so comfortably, but a chair is just as good. Make sure your spine is straight but relaxed. Tuck your chin in a little to elongate your neck.
- Close your eyes. Take at least 25 mindful breaths. Observe the breath moving through your nostrils, through your throat, into your diaphragm, and then returning. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and reduce amygdala activity, so you are relaxed and ready to go deep in meditation.
- Begin to recite the koan “What am I in this moment?” Say it slowly in time with your breathing. You will observe that your mind attempts to answer this question. Your mind will scan for evidence of your own existence in the present moment. For instance, your mind may be directed to a thought. And so, your mind is saying, “I am this. I am this thought.” (like Rene Descartes said, “I think therefore I am”…. supposedly). Now say to your mind, “This is just a thought and nothing more.” Observe the thought like you would in Buddhist Vipassana (insight meditation). See it for what it is – just a momentary thought.
- Continue to recite, “What am I in this moment?” Your mind will again search for evidence of your existence. Perhaps you become aware of bodily sensations, in which case say to yourself, “This is just a sensation and nothing more”.
- As you continue asking, “What am I in this present moment,” your mind will continue finding evidence. By observing the evidence, you will notice that you are simply a combination of mental phenomena and sensations. The more you observe these phenomena, the more you will peel away the layers of kleshas and samskaras, undoing your dualistic existence, ultimately achieving oneness.
And that is the deepest meditation technique in the world.
15 More Ways To Go Deep In Meditation
So, you’ve gotten stuck on your way to becoming enlightened. Here are some ways to go deep in meditation.
1: Focus on others
Meditating to achieve personal happiness is one thing. Doing it 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 your meditation session, look for ways you can make other people happy or relieve their suffering. As Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg often mentions, compassion is the key to happiness.
2: Meditate 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 usual, but make sure not to push too hard.
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. This also gives way to some deep contemplation meditation.
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 pranayama, which is control of breathing). Another excellent strategy is to start doing Pratyahara yoga, which is yoga for the mind.
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 focusing on when sitting.
Practice loving-kindness while extending thoughts of love and kindness to the people you do not get along with. Then act kindly towards them and show compassion in person to them.
6: Teach others
If you truly want to take your practice to an all-new level and you don’t mind putting in the work, try teaching. When you teach you gain an all-new understand of the practice and of other people.
7: Change Technique
At times you’ll want to try a different method. Trust me; you haven’t tried them all. How do I know that? Because we’re continually discovering new meditation techniques. If you’ve already tried Anapanasati, body scan, Alpha and Merkaba meditation, then there is always Maum. Simply put there are still new styles to try.
8: Meditative dance / dynamic meditation
Some deep meditation techniques are advanced in the sense that they are literally very hard to do. And some methods are advanced insofar as only seasoned meditators do them. For example, Osho’s Nataraj.
Dynamic style is a movement-based meditation from Osho that he created in the 1970s.
When Osho created active 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 methods. Weird.
9: Practice in public
Do you want a very deep meditation technique or a technique that trains your mind in surprising ways? For the latter, try practising in a public place.
You will not go as deep as you usually 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.
This is a style that 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: Meditative Lifestyle
Most people meditate at specific times. They spend twenty minutes or so practising. And that’s it. They return to their usual way of life.
If you want to get the most from your practice, 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. Running? Zen run. It goes on.
Make it 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: Focus on pain
Hmmmm…. disclaimer time. Ask a doctor. But the next time you are in pain, you could always meditate on it.
13: 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. Alternatively, use a Tibetan Singing bowl.
Tukdam is a Buddhist method used near the time of death. Believe it or not, there are reports that some monks have lived to 200 by staying in Tukdam 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 space is perfect. The environment you meditate in has a huge effect on the depth of our meditative state. Also add tools like Tibetan Singing Bowls and gongs. And you might like to add some aromatherapy, herbs, or other serenity-inducing additives.