Day 4- Types of Meditation

Types of meditation and its importance. Meditation could help you heal and act as a part of therapeutic process leading to spiritual growth and development.

Own your breath and make it count, in the present scenario when we cannot go outside, I thought of turning inside. I personally follow Nicherin Buddhism, I practise and chant in groups. It has helped me discover a new dimension of human revolution and it doesn’t restricts you from following other things.

Meditation is like that silent prayer you say for yourself and allow yourself to repair from inside, spend sometime with your own body and focus on the rhythms of your breaths. 

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Types of Meditation

I have discovered like 25 types of meditation in last one year, some through friends who practise them and some via blogging world. I have always known two-three types of meditation and have found that every type has its own beauty and significance.

I am sharing here five types of meditation which is most commonly adapted as a counter measure to stress and improving concentration, you can add to the list or you can pick anyone of these which suits your need.

Five types of meditation to regain your balance

Sources say that meditaion is one of the most effective method to deal with stress and anxiety. Even if you do not have any stress issues, you can still make meditation a part of your life for a healthy mindset and productive life.

Types of meditation

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1. Beginner’s meditation

A best way to getting started is introducing yourself to the practise of meditation and forming a connection with your body. Start with these basic preparation mentioned below:

  1. Sit or lie down or if you have any injury you can also use a chair.
  2. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.
  3. Breathe but don’t try to force yourself.
  4. Let breaths come and go naturally.
  5. Fous on your breathing pattern, as you inhale the air and exhale it, try to form rhythm.
  6. if you lose concentration, return gently to your breath.
  7. Do this for 5 minutes per day at the outset and gradually increase your time.

2. Guided Meditation

Guided meditation means meditating under guidance by a trainer following their instructions step by step. Nowadays there are vaious apps available where in you can listen to your favourite kind and follow the instructions. 

  1. You can look into meditation apps available for download in your phones.
  2. You can also access various guided meditations on YouTube. 
  3. Follow guided meditation instructions for few days and once you get into the practise you can do it individually.

3.) Gazing meditation

First ever kind of meditation , I got introduced to at an early age by my dad for better concentration and focus. Also known as yogic meditation, it is usually done focusing on a candle in a dark room and focus on the flame in front of you. All you have to do is:

  1. Sit comfortably with your gaze focused on a single object, such as a candle, waterfall or symbol. For as long as you’re able, don’t blink; maintain relaxation.
  2. Maintain focus until your eyes begin to feel uncomfortable and then close your eyes.
  3. Keep the afterimage of the object in your mind’s eye for several minutes, then open your eyes and start again.

4. Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Very important for teh present scenario.

You can actually remodel your brain when you train yourself to be mindful and it has proven life changing impact on individuals. When you try to be aware of your senses or your thoughts you are being mindful. You can start by:

  1. Sitting comfortably,closing your eyes.
  2. Focus on your breathing.
  3. As distracting thoughts enter your consciousness, don’t judge them. Acknowledge them and return back to your rhythm of breaths.
  4. Treat all physical sensations and feelings in the same way you do thoughts: register them, then let them go, returning to breathing.
  5. Extend this practice to everyday activity, remaining “in the moment” of the body’s activity with each new breath.

5. Vipassana

Vipassana is a traditional Buddhist meditation practice from which Western practitioners derived mindfulness. Like mindfulness and other meditations, it starts with the breath.

  1. You need to sit on a cushion, back erect, spine straight and legs crossed.
  2. Concentrate on breathing and the movement of breath through the nostrils; or concentrate on the rise and falling of the abdomen.
  3. As emotions, sensations, thoughts and sounds arise, let them do so without paying attention to them. 
  4. If a perception does capture your attention, note it and label it. For example, a barking dog is “voice.” A car’s honk is “traffic.” A thought about something sad in your life is “thinking.”
  5. After you’ve labeled something, let it go and return to your breath.

Also Read: Day 1- 21 Days Meditation Challenge

So these are the types of meditation I know and in the end, you have to choose what works for you the best. Meditation helps release you from your tendency to brood and dwell on negative thoughts. It increases your discipline, improves your focus and observation skills, decreases anxiety and helps increase awareness of your body, thoughts and surroundings.

Whichever meditation technique you choose, repeated practice will move you closer to liberation, mindfulness and enlightenment.

Please stay at home and stay safe,take care.

 

Love,Priyanka

Fact source: Lifehack

 

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