If you have been considering giving meditation a chance, start by exploring the different techniques and choosing the right one for you.
Meditation has been around for ages, but it seems to have gained popularity over the past few years — probably because more people are looking for ways to relieve stress and anxiety that are unfortunately a part of most of our lives.
Exploring Different Meditation Techniques
There are different schools of meditation and it may be worth your while to try out a few before deciding what works for you best. Some of the most popular types can be categorized under these broad headings:
This type of meditation involves building focus, with the help of guided visualization, on an object like a candle or even an aroma. Experts recommend doing this either while sitting cross-legged or in any position that may be comfortable, as long as you don’t fall asleep. The key is to focus on your object of choice and let the mind relax. It is recommended to start with five-minute sessions and eventually build up as you gain confidence and expertise.
An effortless form of meditation, transcendental meditation uses a mantra that is chanted repeatedly. This repetitive chanting clears the mind and helps it focus on one point. Every individual gets a unique mantra that can bring a calming effect to the nervous system. Since each person’s mantra varies, the effect can also be different from person to person. Practitioners recommend doing two 20-minute sessions every day for maximum benefits.
Many mindfulness meditation techniques like Zazen and Vipassana fall under this category and are based on building awareness of one’s breathing and body. It usually involves sitting or lying down and letting the body relax into a comfortable breathing pattern. The practice teaches you to focus on breathing while scanning the entire body until each part relaxes individually and as a whole. Just like other types of meditation, it is recommended to start with shorter sessions of maybe 10 minutes and eventually expand to longer sessions.
Experts who have studied the different techniques believe that it is important to consider certain aspects before picking a type to practice. If you decide to compare different techniques, remember to look for their effectiveness, ease of practice and practical usage for your lifestyle.
Once you pick the method that’s most compatible to your needs, make sure you dedicate a time slot for meditation regardless of your busy schedule. Meditation has its health benefits and within a few sessions, you might start noticing reduced stressed, enhanced sleep and higher energy levels.
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