From the Winter Buddhadharma magazine: “What’s in a Name?”
“Along with the more well-known methods designed to help practitioners of Buddhist meditation ground their attention in the present moment — such as focusing on the rhythm of the breath, paying attention to the feeling of footsteps, or internally repeating a mantra — is a less familiar method known as nada yoga,” Ajahn Amaro writes in “The Sound of Silence,” in the Winter 2012 Buddhadharma magazine. Nada yoga, he explains, means “meditating on the inner sound.”
You can read an excerpt from “The Sound of Silence” here. And to get you started with nada yoga, Ajahn Amaro presents this teaching, “What’s in a Name?” which includes two helpful meditation practices you can do while listening to the inner sound.
One practice that can help free the heart from the compulsions of self-view is to meditate upon your own name. Begin by taking a moment to listen to the inner sound. Focus on that until the mind is clear and open and then simply voice your own name internally. Listen to the sound of silence before your name, then to the sound of silence within and then behind your name, and finally to the sound of silence after you repeat it.