Meditation is one of the most effective practices that any human can perform to reach new, extraordinary levels of consciousness and fulfillment in life. And I want to start this year talking about Meditation and all that it can do for you.
While many people have been practicing and enjoying the benefits that come from Meditation, many more struggle to understand the advantages and joy that Meditation brings. If you’ve tried Meditation in the past and didn’t find it enjoyable, or if you want try techniques to deepen your own practices, read on.
First things first.
What is Meditation?
A little while back, when people would hear the word Meditation, they would imagine a Buddhist monk or some Guru sitting with his legs crossed for hours without any movement. Today, this image has changed as more and more people use Meditation in their daily routine as a means to quiet their minds, become more present, and enjoy life more fully. Some use Meditation to feel a sense of abundance and love, while others use it to feel happier in the moment.
The underlying meaning of the word Meditation is very broad and refers to techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy, develop love, patience, compassion, generosity, and forgiveness. Meditation is meant to induce a feeling of peace.
Meditation can help in every facet of your life: your finances to make rational and balanced business decisions, your career to follow your heart’s mission more closely, your relationships to be more present, understanding, and loving.
Physical Benefits of Meditation.
There are 5 major types of Meditation.
1) Focus Attention Meditation
The first type is called Focused Attention Meditation. Focused Attention includes different techniques. The premise of this Meditation is to focus on one thing, to the exclusion of all else. By choosing to focus on only one thing, you begin to quiet your busy mind. You can focus on your breath, on a word or mantra, on an image such as candle light or a forest or sunset. It is important to understand that wandering thoughts will enter your mind. In fact, you will probably be focused for only a moment or two, then lose focus as other thoughts enter your mind. You will want to calmly bring your focus back to the object without judgement or anger towards yourself.
2) Open Monitoring Meditation
The second type of Meditation is called Open Monitoring. The premise of this Meditation is to emotionally disengage and just observe and be present. You must become mindful of your environment and of your thoughts. Let thoughts enter and run through your mind without judgement or attachment.
3) Transendental Meditation
The third type is called Transcendental Meditation. This meditation uses mantra that is given specifically to a student based on a number of different factors, such as the year in which you were born. Transcendental Meditation is taught one on one in a four day course by a certified teacher. To learn more about Transcendental Meditation, visit http://TM.org
4) Kundalini Yoga Meditation
5) Guided Meditation
And finally, there is Guided Meditation. I find Guided Meditation to be an exceptional practice for new students. There are thousands of recordings that transport you to beautiful places where you can relax, heal, manifest, meet Angels, and receive anything you desire. There are Guided Meditations that I love, and great teachers who are simply amazing. If Meditation is a new practice for you, Guided Meditation might be the best way to start.