Top 3 Meditation Techniques
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can benefit your body, mind, and spirit. Tests and studies that monitor brain waves of people during meditation have shown that you achieve deep relaxation and increased oxygen intake during meditation. It even raises your pain tolerance!
In addition, meditation can lower your blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol. Studies have also shown that when you practice meditation, you may have lower levels of cortisol and free radicals, which reduces stress and slows the aging process.
Meditation Styles, Types, and Methods
There are a number of different ways you can meditate, and meditation is different for each person. Meditation is a truly personal experience.Finding the right type of meditation for you may take a bit of time and practice, but the benefits are certainly worth the effort.
While there are various types, don’t let that overwhelm you. Start with something simple. Dedicate yourself to learning the technique, and see the benefits in your life. If one type of meditation isn’t right for you, try another one.
Three of the most common meditation types are Yoga, Mantra, and Mindfulness Meditation. Although each of these types are unique, there are also similarities.
- Yoga is wildly popular because it relaxes both the body and mind. It’s a form of exercise that incorporates meditation. Meditation is one of the five principles of yoga, with the other four being diet, exercise, relaxation and breathing.
- The goal in yoga meditation is to promote control of both the body and mind.
- Mantras are phrases or words that you repeat. When you think of those monks meditating, you might imagine them saying, “Ommmm.” This is their mantra. Yours can be that simple or more complex. You may use the word “calm“. You can say it out loud or silently while you meditate.
- Sound vibrations from the mantra invoke spiritual forces and strengthen areas of a person’s chakra. (Chakras are focal points for the reception and transmission of energies in the body. Remember when that girl who broke up with you called you back? That was your chakra becoming energized again.)
- Buddhists call this type of meditation “insightful or vipassana meditation.” It is insightful because youbecome acutely aware yet learn to not react to both what is physically around you and inside your mind. You become aware of all these things without any type of judgment. You just let them be.
- You usually start by concentrating on your breathing, and then progress to the thoughts and ideas bouncing around in your mind. Eventually the ideas and thoughts drift by like slow moving clouds and you pay no heed to them. This is the type I use the most. I have now learnt to become calm and non-judgmental at any time in my life. This is closely related to psychological freedom, and this is the freedom to choose our own state of mind.
In order to receive the most benefits from your meditation, you should practice it on a daily basis. The amount of time you spend meditating will be a personal choice. Some people realize benefits in 10 minutes, while it takes others at least 30 minutes.
When learning the basics of the type you’ve chosen, be prepared to spend more time in meditation.It takes time to learn how to clear your mind and become totally relaxed.
If you’re unsure which type of meditation is right for you, seek the guidance of a qualified coach or instructor.
Once you practice meditation, you’ll develop preferences customized for your own mind and body. Find your balance and create your own meditation style if that’s what works best for you.
Once you make the conscious decision to meditate, you’ll find new peace, comfort, and better health in your life as a result. Get started today!
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