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Types of Meditation and How to go about them

Types of Meditation

 

  1. Spiritual Meditation: This kind of Meditation works well with those who pray and communicate well with God. It definitely requires a quiet and serene environment with a steady concentration on a particular problem, situation and its possible solution. This type of meditation is not only relaxing but also has its physical and spiritual benefits.

 

  1. Movement Meditation: This might seem tricky and intimidating at the same time. Moving your upper body in a slow circular motion, moving the arms in a slow swaying motion, concentrating on your breath patterns and the respective diaphragm movements is what does the trick here. In this type, rather than concentrate on a sound or a particular image, one tries to drive his/her consciousness towards the movement of his/her body.

 

 

  1. Focused Meditation: The main benefit of this kind of meditation is that it definitely leaves you refreshed and lets your mind “be able to concentrate well”. As the name implies, this type basically requires you to focus your mind on a particular sound, thought, image or object without letting your mind sway away or lose focus.

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  1. Mindfulness Meditation: This is the most popular and well-known kind of meditation. It requires you to let your mind have a flow of thoughts. Unlike the focused meditation which streamlines your thoughts to a particular thing, Mindfulness meditation requires you to focus on a lot of things, not at once, but simultaneously and can also be performed during our day-to-day activities such as walking, driving, eating, etc.

 

 

  1. Mantra Meditation: This kind of meditation might seem odd because the person meditating will be required to shout a word or series of words. The repetition of such word(s) produces a constant and familiar vibration within such person which he/she focuses his/her attention on and automatically the mind tunes itself to concentrating on the word(s).

 

Simple Tutorial on how to Meditate.

I shall combine all 5 types into one single method:

  • First is to get a comfortable spot
  • Choose a Mantra: A mantra is a word, so to say, which you recite while meditating.
  • Sit comfortably: Have a tall spine, hands on laps and don’t feel ‘too’ comfortable to avoid sleeping off.
  • Clear your mind and free your mind
  • With your eyes closed, breathe in and out deeply for about 10 times.
  • Take moments to observe your body: Try to direct your sense of feelings to the various parts of your body in contact with something else. Slowly and taking each of them one by one; Try to feel your palms on your laps, where your butt touches the chair, the bending of your knees and where your feet touch the ground.
  • You can then practice either of the types of meditation discussed above. Try to focus on your God with your thoughts, praying internally without losing focus, try to move your body in slow, steady movements that your mind can follow. You can also have an image in front of you, study each inch and detail of the object without moving too much or losing focus, pay attention to sounds around you- like the sounds of birds chirping, the sound of your breath, the sound of the stillness of air and finally, you can try humming or singing a mantra.
  • Just before ending, go over the fifth step, observe your body: Where your feet touch the ground, where your body touches the chair and so on.
  • Then finally, create an awareness of the next five tasks you are going to perform after standing up like brushing teeth, going to bathe and try as much as possible to follow the pattern which you imagined. Now, you then stand up slowly and proceed with the day’s tasks.

You can get pictorial help and further description here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2011/jan/22/how-to-meditate-ten-steps-headspace

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