TYPES OF MEDITATION AND WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR YOU
Dozen types of meditation have been developed by spiritual gurus and mental health experts. This is great because there is no one size fits all and it also means that you can find a specific type of meditation that suits you, your personality and your lifestyle.
Meditation can be beneficial especially in times of stress, anxiety or when you are overwhelmed with life duties. Meditation helps with relaxation and being present within yourself. Research has shown that meditation can help with anxiety, stress and even mental illness to a certain degree.
Regardless of the various types of meditation, there is no one right way to meditate. This means that even when you find the best type of meditation for you, you can still tweak it as much as possible to fit you perfectly. Your life is your life and only you know what is best for you
Below are four different types of meditation that you can try today
Mindfulness Meditation is a type of meditation that will help you to become better aware of your being and to be more present in each moment. Mindfulness will help you to stay in the present rather than worry about the future or focus on the past. If you focus on the past or future, you will lose the present moment and life will pass you by in the blink of an eye without your knowledge or your awareness of it.
With mindfulness meditation, all you have to do is bring your awareness into your present and stay there. For instance, if you are in your bedroom, instead of thinking about the things that you have to do or did not do; you bring your awareness to your bedroom. Notice your bed, the colours in your room, the sounds, smell, curtains and take in that moment of being present in your room.
You can do this meditation anywhere. Especially while waiting for someone or on a cue; bring your awareness to your current location and notice everything in your surroundings.
Breath work meditation
This type of meditation focuses on intentionally breathing. It is similar to the mindfulness meditation but it focuses only on breathing.
With this meditation, all you have to do is stay in a relaxed position and breathe deeply and slowly. The main goal is to focus only on breathing and ignore every thought that comes to your mind. Don’t fight the thoughts that come to your mind, just ignore them and go back to focusing on your breathing.
This type of meditation helps with anxiety and stressful times, it reduces tension in the body and helps the ability to control compulsive thoughts and negative emotions. It also increases your ability to focus. You can do this meditation for fifteen minutes per day.
Transcendental Meditation is a spiritual meditation where you remain seated in one position and breathe slowly. The goal of transcendental meditation is to rise above the physical state of being. Where your body does not control you but you control it.
During this meditation, you are expected to focus on a mantra and repeat it over and over again. You can either choose the mantra that you want to repeat or your transcendental meditation teacher will choose one for you, it depends on different factors. The most commonly used mantras in this meditation are “I AM” and “I AM NOT MY BODY”.
With this meditation, it is better to do proper research and learn under a teacher before you begin; so that you can do it with understanding. Most people who practice this meditation find that they are not deeply affected by the troubles of the world or that of their lives; they are able to remain calm at all times.
Progressive relaxation meditation
Progressive relaxation meditation is a type of meditation that encourages people to scan their bodies with their attention for areas of tension and letting that tension go. This meditation is especially good when one is going through continuous stress and anxiety.
With the progressive relaxation meditation, all you have to do is scan your body by moving your attention slowly from one part of your body to the other; preferably from the bottom to the top (your feet to your head). As you scan your body, if or when you get to a part of your body that has tension, you breathe deeply and let that tension go then continue scanning.
This meditation helps promote calmness and relaxation of the body and good sleep. It can also help with chronic pain (focus on the area where there is pain and breathe deeply and slowly to release the pain).
There are various other types of meditations asides these four but if you are a beginner and want to test the waters of meditation, starting with one of these four is not a bad idea. They are convenient and you don’t have to do any of them for hours per day before noticing the results.
The last thing you want to do is focus too much on the results, this will cause another level anxiety that may lead you to give up on meditation and affect your well being in a negative manner.
Meditation is not a quick fix, it is a lifestyle and the more you do it, the better your quality of life will be. People who have been meditating for a long period of time are known to be in a constant state of peace, calm and have a better general state of wellbeing.
Decide the kind of meditation that you can practise and start today.