Millions of people are at various stages of their journey of mental well being and self development through meditation. Most of you already know about huge benefits of meditation, and you too would like to be benefited by practicing meditation. Maybe you are looking for information on internet or searching for a right book in the bookstore. You must know that there are a number of different ways of doing meditation, dozens of types of meditation techniques, and some inconsistent, some incomplete information. But you are confused which meditation technique is best suited for you. Therefore, the idea of this article is to give good introduction to different types of meditation techniques, briefly explaining each of them, and pointing to further resources. There are literally hundreds of (if not thousands) of types of meditation techniques, but in this article we will touch upon only the most popular ones.
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Different Types of Meditation Techniques
At this juncture, it is important to say that meditation is easy and anyone can do it. As you read on, you can find out that which type of Meditation technique is for you and then embrace it.
In any mind meditation, there are four primary styles:
In its simplest form, there is one type of meditation and that is to focus effortlessly on one thing and feel relaxed. For the uninitiated, this may sound too simple and they may not accept it. To them I would like to respond with help of an example. When you are with your most loved one, you are only focused on him or her and you are quite relaxed too. So high is your concentration level that you are disconnected from the rest of the things happening around you and you have no sense of time also.
Basic Meditation is very easy to learn on your own. For details please see: Meditation Tips for Beginners
Mindful Meditation or Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation is a rather simple yet effective technique to meditate.
Keeping the basic principles of meditation in place, you practice giving your attention to the chosen subject or the activity you are engaged in. Basically it means being aware – aware of mind, aware of body, emotions, thoughts and ideas entering and leaving the head. When the mind wanders away, you bring the focus back on the core matter. But it is done gently and persistently to bring the distracted mind back into focus. There is no room for application of force or hard work here to tame the monkey mind.
For more and detailed information, please refer to: What is Mindfulness Meditation and How to Practice It.
Transcendental Meditation, or TM can be said to have its roots in Ancient India and quite popular in West. Transcendental Meditation was introduced to the world by Maharshi Mahesh Yogi.
This technique is based on mental repetition of sacred words or better called a mantra. Researchers have shown that daily practice of TM improves creativity and productivity, and also helps moderate our food cravings since it helps to balance our physical and mental state. ,
“The goal of Transcendental Meditation is the state of enlightenment. This means we experience that inner calmness, that quiet state of least excitation, even when we are dynamically busy.” In this Hindu tradition you sit in Lotus, internally chant a mantra, and focus on rising above the negativity.
For more information click at www.tm.org
Zen Meditation (Zazen)
Zazen meaning seated meditation in Japanese is practiced sitting in the half lotus or full lotus position. The Zen Meditation technique is supposed to bestow upon the practitioner many benefits such as combat stress, better physical health, help sleep better, more peace of mind and feel happier etc.
Who should try Zen? Those who already have some experience with meditation and don’t object to a few instructions from the teacher.
Learn more at www.zen-buddhism.net
Vipassana, has its recent roots in Burma or Myanmar. Vipassana is a Pali word which means insight. It is a traditional Buddhist practice, dating back to 6th century BC. It is considered to be the form of meditation practice taught by Shakyamuni Buddha himself.In the last few decades, it was popularized by S. N. Goenka under the Vipassana movement.
Vipassana is a meditation technique that trains us to accept things the way they are. In the initial stage, it teaches the student to focus on his breath to stabilize the mind and achieve concentration.
When one thus gains “access concentration”, the attention is then turned to the object of practice, which is normally thought or bodily sensations. This meditation technique helps purify the mind from the negative emotions of hatred, greed, etc. which are the causes of all our sufferings.
Learn more at www.dhamma.org
Guided visualization can also be called a modern technique that employs contemplation component in meditation form manifesting your desire or achieving something. For example, you may like to achieve better relations, a good job, and higher standard of living etc. Guided Visualization Meditation can also be used for better health and non tangible things. Often the New Age Gurus, Life Coaches encourage their clients and followers to use it for achievement of higher goals such as spiritual healing, stress relief, or personal development. The inspiration comes from Buddha, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
For details, please click at: Powerful Visualization Technique to Achieve Dream Goals
By relaxing the body and making the mind quiet, the person visualizes himself in a state or situation where he has already achieved his goals. The body, mind and the Universe will respond by releasing that generate feelings of positivity and happiness. However, to achieve or manifest a guided visualization experience is the key.
Studies and personal experiences have shown that regular practice of any type of meditation of can help combat anxiety, stress, and depression while enhancing good mood, acceptance, positivity, optimism, creativity, and vitality.
Just pick the style that resonates with you and try it out.
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