A Guide To Meditation Techniques

Meditation Techniques

Meditation is one of the most universally accepted mental exercises in our world. It is also one of those exercises that have been practiced by man for millenia, harking far back into the ancient times. And as the practice spread across the world, the history of meditation evolved over time as various meditation techniques have made their way into being practiced by many people today.

These techniques vary greatly on the goals they present and the methods used as well. Let us take a look at some of these meditation techniques and what they are all about.

One of the most well-known meditation techniques is the Mantra Meditation. This technique involves repeating specific sounds known as a mantra. The word “mantra” itself comes from the Sanskrit language which means “revealed sound.” This mantra may be given by a meditation guru or you can choose your own. In mantra meditation, it is believed that speaking the mantra emits “vibrations” directed to one’s “chakras” or man’s force centers that will attract divine powers which heals the body physically, spiritually, and psychologically.

Speaking of chakras, another meditation technique is the Chakra Meditation. The purpose of this meditation is to discover these chakras in our body (seven all in all) and be able to bring integration and balance not only to each of these chakras, but to the whole body as well.

The Steady Gaze or Trataka Meditation is a popular meditation technique among many religions, including Christianity and Sufism. It is also one of the simplest and considered the most beautiful meditation techniques. Trataka meditation involves fixed gazing over a particular object like a candle along with deep breathing and alternating with the closing of the eyes. Apart from improving eyesight, it is also said this technique develops one’s “psychic eye” as well.

The Vipassana Meditation is another meditation technique which aims to provide you a vipassana or insight into your inner self to be able to identify the cause of your suffering and get rid of it in the process through self-observation. This body meditation also allows one to study any sensation felt in the body like itching and pain.

Zarzen Meditation, with the image of one sitting in a lotus position, is perhaps one of the most well-known and most depicted among the meditation types. It is said that this is the technique done by Buddha himself. In addition, Zarzen Meditation helps one become more disciplined in life.

The Raja Yoga Meditation technique is a technique practiced by yogis who wish to experience the highest form of bliss and enlightenment. This technique is also used by yogis who wish to be closer to God and be detached from all worldly things.

Finally, there is the Nada Yoga technique which focuses on meditation using the body’s internal sounds. By using the thumbs to plug the ears, one who practices this technique will notice these sounds which are faint at first before it gradually becomes louder. This helps the mind become more active and beneficial to the meditation as well.

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