10 Types of Meditation to Try – Keep Calm and Think About
Guest Post by Bharat Kalra- Meditation Center Chicago
Types of meditation vary and many have developed over hundreds of years. Here are some of the most popular.
Breath watching is one of the easiest forms of meditation. This involves relaxing in any position and beginning to pay attention to the breath. Breathing through the nose gets the diaphragm working and generates oxygen all the way to the bottom of the lungs.
If the mind wanders, simply re-focus attention on the air going in and out of the nose. This can be done for as little as several minutes or as long as is needed.
Mindfulness meditation is also known among Buddhists as Vipassana or insight meditation. Mindfulness is the art of becoming deeply aware of what is going on in the present moment. The focus is on what’s happening in in the immediate surroundings and becoming aware of all the thoughts and feelings from moment to moment.
Start by breath watching and move attention to thoughts, feelings and even sounds and sights. Absorb what is happening without judgement, analysis or thought.
Buddhist meditation is also known as Zen meditation. The idea originated from China during the 6th century. This kind of meditation is all about attaining enlightenment.
There are also lots of Zen teachings, scriptures and ways of living life that are applied on a wider scale.
Sahaja Yoga is just a unique way of meditation introduced in 1970 by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and based on an experience called Self-Recognition that may happen within each human being. Through this process is said that an inner transformation takes place, propelling people to become moral, united, integrated and balanced. People who practise Sahaja Yoga say that they can feel an all pervading divine power as a cool breeze.
This cool breeze is the same sensation that is described in all religions and spiritual traditions of the world. One of Shri Mataji’s firm beliefs was that Sahaja Yoga is free to everyone as divine love is also free for the world.
Transcendental meditation involves continuously chanting a mantra until a dream-like state of mind is reached. This is useful for people who are easily distracted as chanting a mantra can focus the mind.
People meditating alone can use any word or phrase that works for them. This can be repeated aloud or in their head. Sometimes an experienced master will choose a phrase or word.
Empty mind meditation:
Empty mind meditation involves sitting still in a full lotus or cross-legged position and letting the mind go silent on its own. This can create an awareness without object as thoughts begin to drain from the mind.
This is quite difficult and requires a balance between discipline and allowing the mind to naturally empty and relax on its own.
Walking meditations as the name suggest actually involve meditating while moving around. This can be practised either outside or inside a room or hallway. Pay attention to the movement of the legs and breathing and to the feeling of feet touching the ground.
Focus the mind entirely on the process of walking and breathing allowing yourself to be absorbed in the sensation of movement. To meditating outside in this way find a quiet place with open space with level ground and few distractions.
Simple mantra meditation:
Simple mantra meditation is easier for some people as they can focus their mind by concentrating on something specific such as a positive mantra. This is a word or phrase repeated during the meditation.
Choose a word or phrase that evokes loving, warm, peaceful feelings and repeat it aloud or inside the mind during meditation.
Meditating on a concept:
Meditating on a concept involves contemplation of an idea, philosophy or scenario. Meditation on impermanence – how everything changes – is one popular example. The technique is used to guide people to a different understanding of how their belief system or rational thinking had viewed the idea.
Kabbalah meditations were invented by the Jewish mystics around 2,000 years back to improve the awareness and accessibility higher planes of consciousness. The goal of Kabbalah meditation is to really make the practitioners the actual carriers of the light of God.
Kabbalah meditation remains to flourish in the oral tradition and increases over the written word. This technique will allow you to attain peace and happiness through the union with God.
There are many types of meditation techniques taught by various traditions. The meditation techniques we teach consist of two simple but effective practices drawn from the Buddhist tradition. The pair complement each other and could be learned by anyone. You do not have to be a Buddhist to take advantage of them!
The first is called the Mindfulness of Breathing, and is designed to help you you’re your mind and integrate your energies. The second is called the Development of Loving Kindness and helps to develop a strong positive concern for your own welfare, and the welfare of others.
Meditation helps us change the way we relate to ourselves and the world. If you suffer with stress, you can learn how to calm down. If you are anxious, you can learn how to relax. If frustration is a problem for you, you can learn how to let go. If you’re shy, you can build confidence.
The most important thing we learn is that we have an option by what we think and feel. Meditation empowers us to choose. And if you’re looking for the responses to deeper questions in your life, meditation can help across the way.
Meditation helps you relax any form of stress and anxiety. Meditation also helps you refocus. People should meditate as often as possible, but if we have little time, I advise to do it in the morning to wake up or at night before bed. By cons, do not be too tired, because it is easy to fall asleep! Keep reading for more information about Learning Meditation.
Bharat Kalra is a meditation teacher at Meditation Center Chicago with 20 years of meditation practices. He practices and teaches Vipassana. He is a Reiki master/teacher. He uses craniofacial therapy, crystals, magnets, pyramids, and massage to help people cope with mental, physical and spiritual conditions. Connect with him at Linkedin