Samadhi, the deepest level of meditation and the highest level of consciousness, can be achieved in 28.8 minutes, according to Swami Vivekanand. So let us get started.
1. Sit in a comfortable position.
2. Close your eyes gently and focus on your breathing.
3. Observe your sensations and thoughts without getting drawn into them.
4. Now, withdraw your attention into your Divine Self – the eternal, omnipresent, omniscient, and blissful. When you maintain your gentle, uninterrupted focus on your Divine Self for 12 seconds, you have achieved one Dharana. Doing twelve such Dharana (144 seconds) without getting pulled away by thoughts or sensations lead you to Dhyaan. When you continue your pleasant and relaxed focus on your Divine Self for a total of twelve Dhyaans (144 multiplied by 12 seconds = 28.8 minutes), you achieve Samadhi according to Swami Vivekanand.
To keep your attention focused uninterrupted for 28.8 minutes is difficult, but with practice, faith, and non-attachment it can be achieved. Thoughts and sensations will be there, but you have something infinitely more important, your Divine Self, to rest your consciousness in. You can use breath-awareness to bring back your attention to the Divine. Ultimately, these intruding thoughts will leave their hold on you making it easier to maintain your focus on your True Self.
When you do finally achieve Samadhi, you are connected to a limitless source of energy, creativity, health, and joy. All the doubts and diseases, fears and uncertainties, mistakes and miseries disappear for good when your consciousness gets firmly rooted in your Divine Self. It is an experience that cannot be described in words. You have to experience it yourself. So, start the journey. If you are already on that journey, continue it with unshakeable faith and you shall find your Divine Self.
Best wishes. God bless you.