We all hear nowadays that meditation is good for us. But what does this “good” mean? Is that just related experiences from people who practice meditation for 10 years, or are there good scientific studies to prove meditation`s benefits?
There are a lot of different ways of doing meditation, several well-known meditation techniques and of course, a lot of conflicting information about the subject. If you wonder which way is best for you, this article may be your patient guider into this wonderful trip of meditating.
There are literally hundreds of types of meditations, so there I will explore only the most popular ones.
First of all, what is Meditation?
Meditation is a term that refers to a variety of practices that includes relaxation methods, charging with energy or life force (prana, qi, etc) and also techniques that help in raising one`s vibration, developing positive feelings like love, compassion, generosity, patience, gratitude and forgiveness.
What meditation type is good for me?
In my opinion, we need more than only a single type of meditation. We should learn how to practice different types of meditation, to be able to switch them, synchronized to our inner state. Any person could feel attracted to any of the following described meditation modalities.
Try some of them, if not all of them, to discover who you are and what you need. Practice is the best teacher and guider you will always have by your side.
General TYPES of Meditation
Scientist usually classify meditation based on the way they focus attention, into two categories: Focused Attention and Open Monitoring. I would add a third one, Stillness Presence.
Focused Attention Meditation
Is about focusing the attention on a single object during the whole meditation session. This object may be the breath, a visualization, a mantra, a part of the body or external objects (with the eyes opened). Like any other exercise we put our body to, the mind is capable to extend it`s concentration time on an object. The ability to keep the flow of attention in the chosen object gets stronger, and distractions become less common, in time.
I think that focusing attention exercises are very good for silencing the Ego. And when you are able to ”pause” your Ego, then you will finally start to meet your true self.
Examples : Samatha (Buddhist meditation), some forms of Zazen, Loving Kindness Meditation, Chakra Meditation, Kundalini Meditation, Sound Meditation, Mantra Meditation, Pranayama, some forms of Qigong,
Open Monitoring Meditation
Instead of focusing the attention on a single object, we keep it open, monitoring all aspects of our experience, in the place of an observer, without judging or attaching. All internal or external perceptions, whether they are thoughts, feelings or sounds, are perceived for what they are. This is the process of non-reactive monitoring of the content of experience.
Examples: Mindfulness meditation, Vipassana, as well as some types of Taoist Meditation.
Stillness Presence Meditation
This is the state where the attention is not focused on anything, but reposes on itself, being quiet, empty, steady. We can also call this state Pure Existence. Most of the meditation quotes you find, speak about this state of existence.
This is actually the true purpose behind all kinds of meditation, and not a meditation type in itself. All traditional techniques of meditation recognize that the object of focus, and even the process of monitoring are just training exercises for the mind, so that effortless inner silence can be discovered. Therefore, Meditation is an irreversible process in discovering the deeper state of consciousness.
Examples: the Self-Enquiry (“I am” meditation) of Ramana Maharishi; Mahamudra; some forms of Taoist Meditation; and some advanced forms of Raja Yoga.
Before starting the practice, there is one more important aspect we should talk about, and that is the Meditation posture, position or simply,
HINDU MEDITATION (Vedic & Yogic)
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In conclusion, being a spiritual practice, meditation deals with energies in your body. Consequently, as the water flows in the river, the same way our energy flows through our body. Also, negative emotions are energetic impulses that create emotional blockages, preventing the energy to flow free.
Find out which one of your chakras are blocked, depending on the negative emotions you have problems to deal with.
The good news is that these blockages are not irreversible. One of the methods to dissolve them and to regain physical and mental health is to practice meditation. You may try different types of meditation, until you find the one that suits you best. One of the most well-known meditation for dissolving chakra blockages is the Color healing meditation.
Read more about Color Healing Impact on Human Body.
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