Types of Meditation

November 19, 2008 by  
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Types of Meditation

Today meditation is no longer a practice being done by people who belong to the new age subculture or those who subscribe to an ancient religion such as Buddhism or Hinduism. Even health practitioners are considering meditation as a form of therapy to relieve people of stress. This is because several studies have already proven the wondrous effects of meditation. The various types of meditation have had significant impact on a health and well-being of millions. Therapists have prescribed meditation as a way to alleviate stress and anxiety. It also relieves us of some ailments such as insomnia, migraine, and high blood pressure. Consequently, meditation can also prevent lots of different illnesses.

As a result of this trend, several types of meditation are being taught by both therapists and gurus alike. Among these meditation techniques, there are a few common types of meditation that have proven to be effective and easy to follow. Most of these can be done in the comfort of your own home.

After all, meditative techniques usually run along a common thread. For one, all of them emphasize the need to quiet the mind. This means that during meditation, you have to stop thinking about anything that causes stress, not even the probable solution to stress. You simply have to let the voice in your head be quiet by thinking about nothing at all.

Aside from the obvious, it’s also important with all types of meditation  to focus on the “now” rather than the past or the future. The key here is for you to be able to experience every moment of your day and simply let it go, so that you can experience the next. This is easier said than done since most of us are constantly thinking. Common thoughts about what the future may hold or what type of day we had are not always easy to relinquish.

During meditation, we are taken to an altered state of consciousness. This is different from what we experience during sleep, or our waking life. Because of this, meditation is able to increase the level of brain activity in our minds in the areas that govern happiness and positive thoughts and emotions.

So whatever meditation techniques we choose to subscribe to, the results usually remain the same. However, they say that the different types of meditation techniques also have their own specialization. Such specializations are not constant though; as everyone is different and will  have different effects with a variety of techniques. Nonetheless, there are a few common types of meditation techniques you can begin with for you to find which suites you.

One basic technique is as simple as sitting comfortably, usually in a full lotus or cross-legged position, as you try to quiet your mind by thinking about nothing. This is called the “empty mind meditation.” The key here is to think of yourself as an observer of your own thoughts. Just let all your thoughts flow inside your mind as if a voice is narrating them but you must only listen and not be engaged by them. This is somewhat tricky at first because we have the tendency to become preoccupied with our thoughts, thus, defeating the purpose of emptying your mind.

You can try this very basic meditation technique and after that, you might want to consult an expert to help you choose the technique that suits you best. In addition, there are also different types of meditation techniques for different purposes. Below are some of these popular meditation types:

Body Meditation – this relaxation meditation usually involves a scan of the body. From head to toe you focus your attention on one body part at a time.

Transcendental Meditation – Another relaxation meditation that vrings on a state of deep restfulness. Introduced by the popular Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950’s.

Chakra Meditation – Popular Buddhist meditation that focuses on the seven energy centers known as chakras.

Energy Meditation – Focuses on the energy around us, as well as within us through meditation.

Mantra Meditation – This popular technique involves repeating specific sounds known as a mantra.

A Guide To Meditation Techniques

November 19, 2008 by  
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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.