Many people who practice meditation often find that it helps them change their life and find peace with in themselves. Scientists even agree with this claim. It reduces stress and improves your physical well being it is also great exercise for the brain.
There are many different types of meditation which one is best? Where do I start? How quickly will I get results? First let’s talk about a few different types of meditation. Chakra meditation, Kundalini meditation, and Zen meditation, all are types of focus meditation. This helps with focusing skills. With this type of meditation, you focus all your attention on one single point. Your breath, a flame some focus on a bell. Focus meditation seems simple however can be challenging for beginners. If your mind wonders during your session gently guide it back to the focus point. With each session you will improve your focus skills.
Mindfulness meditation is another type of meditation. Find a place where you will not be distracted. You may want to set some type of timer otherwise you may find your mind wondering to how long should you or have you been meditating. Take a seat and focus on your breath and when your attention wanders return it. Follow your breath focus on it as it goes out and as it goes in. When your mind wanders return it to your breath. Draw your attention to the physical sensation of your breathing the air moving through your mouth or nose, your belly rising and falling. That is it! That is mindfulness meditation practice. It is often referred to as simple however not necessarily easy! The work is to just keep doing it. Results will come.
Another type of meditation is Mantra meditation. Mantra meditation has become increasingly more popular over the years. This practice consists of chanting mantras (A repetitive sound or phrase or word) and meditating it has a different purpose for each person. It can be chanted loudly or repeated quietly. Whichever you prefer. Mantra meditation requires consistent practice. It is simple and can bring about many positive changes in your life. It is typically practiced in a seated position with your eyes closed. Chanting a mantra is a great way to develop your focus and a strong sense of awareness.
For this type of meditation, it must be quiet so you can succumb to the silence around you. In your mind formulate a question or a prayer, be still and listen for the answer to come with in. Not only is this type of meditation relaxing it can also be very insightful.
Do you have trouble sitting still? Are you more action oriented? Movement meditation pulls your focus away from an external sound or thought. Your focus is on your body and you become more aware of each breath and muscle. Yoga is the most well-known movement meditation. You can also try tai chi or gentle walking or other gentle movements to clear your mind.
Guided meditation is where you are guided by a narrator or teacher on a journey to evoke a specific outcome. You are first guided through a relaxation process for your mind and body to reach a meditative state. Then the journey begins with a specific goal in mind for the outcome. The brain does not distinguish between an imagined event and a real one the experience you have with a guided meditation is just like having a real experience. This has an amazing effect on your life due to the way your brain works. I have found this to be the most effective way for me to meditate. It has helped me in my Religious trauma recovery with anxiety and we will talk about how meditation can help you as well.