You’ve probably heard that mediation is where it’s at; however trying to clear your mind can be uncomfortable and even intimidating.
That’s why I love the Hu Meditation.
Hu Meditation is one of the simplest and most powerful meditation tools I’ve come across.
The Hu Mediation is considered a Spiritual Exercise (‘s.e.’), which is an active technique of bypassing the mind and emotions by using a tone or vibration, which may sound heady, but after a few minutes it undoubtedly shifts my attitude and emotional state.
Hu is pronounced like the name Hugh. It can also be said by pronouncing the individual letters “H” and “U.” The Hu tone is an ancient name of God and helps us to connect with the spiritual nature inside of ourselves.
A fun variation is to use the words Ani-Hu (pronounced Ahn-eye-hue). The Ani-Hu is also an invocation to God with an added dimension (kind of like a secret meditation spice) that brings forward the quality of empathy and connection!
A decade ago I knew I wanted to start a mediation practice, but had a difficult time staying focused. After a minute or two I’d realize that I was running my ‘to-do list’ over in my mind and I’d give up. I started to believe that I wasn’t capable of meditating. I confiding to a friend who had a solid mediation practice, and she introduced me to the Hu Mediation. It seemed simple and focused so I decided to give it a try.
At first, I could only get through about five minutes, but I was proud of myself because that was much better than my previous attempts. Ten years later, I mediate daily— even up to two hours in one sitting!
- Find a quiet place to sit. Sit upright and close your eyes.
- Inwardly chant the Hu or the Ani-Hu.
While chanting, focus your attention in the area near the center of the head directly back from your forehead.
- After about five minutes, stop and listen within.
- If you find your mind wandering, you can focus the mind by chanting again.
- After about five minutes of listening within, you can open your eyes. You may want to wiggle your fingers and toes to bring the energy back into your body.
- Continue to chant, and alternately listen within. Repeat for fifteen minutes ideally.
- Through daily practice, you can gradually build on the time period you chant.
There is no right or wrong way to practice the Hu Mediation; the only wrong way to do it is NOT to do it!
This is a great resource if you’d like to access free guided meditations that walk you through the Hu process and meditation resources. It’s also a wonderful place to peruse if you are interested in learning more about spiritual awakening and inner awareness.