Instinctive meditation

Meditation is a natural and instinctive human ability, part of the survival wisdom built in to our bodies.

Meditation is innate, and you can go in through many doors:

  • Listening to music
  • Gazing at nature
  • Dancing
  • Receiving a massage
  • Making love
  • Breathing attentively
  • Savoring food

And hundreds of other ways.

If you take a deep breath and breathe out slowly, you begin to activate your meditation response. This can happen in seconds. Do it now. That little sense of relief is the beginning.

Our bodies have the ability to get stressed – to activate the fight or flight response. Immediately, our emergency reserves are tapped as our bodies and nerves mobilize for combat. Meditation is the opposite response, in which we enter a state of restfulness that allows the body to repair, recharge, and refresh.

There are thousands of different styles of meditation, just like there are thousands of styles of music and cooking. When you discover the style that goes with your individual nature, meditation is a joyous relief, something you look forward to each day.

Everyone already has discovered meditation on their own, in one or more of the hundreds of ways of activating it. Learning to meditate is a matter of noticing which of the doorways you already feel familiar with, and building on that knowledge.

Instinctive Meditation is a way of listening to the instincts as a guide in meditation. The word, "instincts" refers to the body's internal guidance system, refined over hundreds of millions of years. Hunting, homing, trail-making, gathering, nesting, resting, socializing, all these are primordial impulses flowing through the body at all times. When we learn to cooperate with them inwardly, meditation feels natural.

Scientific research indicates that meditation is a built-in ability of the human body, part of our instinctive survival skills. We all can do it.

We each have our own favorite ways of entering meditative states – our own unique style. We thrive in meditation when the approach we take goes with our own inclinations and instincts. Don't let anyone tell you that meditation is the realm of experts or gurus.

Instinctive Meditation is a way of learning and practicing meditation so that it becomes the most natural thing in the world for you – a chance to rest deeply, reclaim your love of life, release tension, and emerge refreshed after a few minutes. Instinctive Meditation grounded in the ancient yoga tradition and in the last 50 years of modern scientific research on the physiology of meditation.

How do I learn?

We each access our inner capacities in a slightly different way. Learning to meditate is a matter of finding out how to activate your innate ability. This is always an adventure. Meditating feels natural when you find the way that suits your particular nature. There are dozens of little skills involved, that are similar to the skills of loving anyone or anything. The skills of meditation can be learned in person, or by listening to audio programs, or video courses, or by reading books. Everyone is different in their preferred learning style.

In practice, meditation feels like a whole flow of instincts:

  • Homing, to find our way to feel at home in ourselves and in the world.
  • Hunting, to find our own path.
  • Trail making, to mark out our pathways.
  • Nesting, to build an inner sanctuary.
  • Resting, to allow ourselves to heal and be renewed.

You have your own way, unique to you. To some extent you can do generic, one-size-fits-all techniques. Instinctive Meditation is a way of accessing your own internal guidance system in meditation, so that you learn more quickly and in a way that is beneficial to you.

If you want to include meditation in your life, find your personal gateways. These are different for each of us. Instinctive Meditation is a way of accessing the tremendous wealth of knowledge of the ancient meditation traditions, and discovering the meditation techniques that work for you – for your body, your heart, your life. There are thousands of meditation techniques, and most of them will be wrong for your body type and life direction. Buddha said that he gave 84,000 dharmas, for all the different kinds of people there are. When you practice a technique that is not right for your type, it feels like an imposition. When you discover your personal gateway, it feels like love. We offer books, seminars, and individual coaching to help you find and thrive with meditation in your daily life.

What are the instincts? They are the wise impulses of life continuously flowing through us. In yoga physiology, the chakras are the instinctive centers of the body. The chakras are energy vortices in multiple dimensions, and they transmute and emanate the song of life as it sustains, expresses and evolves itself. These impulses appear to us as hunches, feelings, emotions, and the urge to evolve spiritually. Instinctive Meditation can be thought of as the art of riding the passions inward to touch the core of being.