December 17, 2015
It seems that the whole world is now meditating, which is wonderful news, as meditation does so much for us on all levels: body, mind and spirit.
On a physical level, meditation allows the body to stay stress-free. Mentally, it helps the mind feel peaceful and less attached to the outcome of each individual task we undertake. Spiritually, this practice takes us beyond the mind, where a whole inner universe is awaiting us. The possibilities are endless.
But with so many different meditation teachers and techniques out there, how would a beginner know which one to try? How would you know whether or not you’re practicing the right method for your own body and mind?
Allow me to explain some of the main ways to practice meditation for you. Before trying one method, though, first understand that each method will feel slightly different to each of us. When trying to find the meditation technique that’s right for you, try to fit the practice to your nature, not the other way around. When you find the right meditation method for your natural nature, you will feel a certain ease and comfort in your practice. You will flourish.
Without further ado, here are seven simple meditation methods I recommend.
When following this method, we are using our sense of sight to silence the mind. Gazing at a static object—such as a still candle flame in the dark, for instance—helps the mind to become very focused.
This method involves closing the eyes and going within. Picture an object, like the Chakras or the heart, and hold onto that image as an object of meditation.
By chanting a short mantra or sentence over and over again, you can focus and calm the mind.
Try focusing on a part of your body, like the third eye between the eyebrows, to bring awareness to your center. This focus brings stillness to our whole being.
Using mala beads brings an extra layer of activity for the very busy mind. As you are doing your chanting or gazing, run a string of mala beads through your hands to keep the mind super focused on the task at hand.
Simply following the breath is an easy way to start your practice before moving on to other more in-depth methods. Because the breath has such an impact on our whole being, focusing on breathing can lead to a restful and calm state of mind.
Find an image that is meaningful to you and stare at it while trying to clear your mind. When using an image to meditate, you evoke the power and strength that image represents. If you choose an image of a guru, saint, or religious figure, for example, whatever energy they carry will be with you in your meditation. This practice is good for people who already have a spiritual practice and follow a certain path.
So there you have seven methods to choose from which will either enhance your method of meditation, help you to choose a new and effective technique or it will help you to correct an existing practice, which is not correct for you.
If you want to learn more about meditating to help reduce stress and stay focused, then check out my FREE three-part Meditation Video Series. Just click here!
Photo credit: Alicia Cho
Yogi Cameron has been a practitioner of Ayurveda and on the Yogic path since the beginning of 2003. He was guided onto the path through Guru Sri Vasudevan who is from the 1000 year old Nataraj Lineage in Kerala, India. Yogi spends a part of his time in India in a small forest village, and the other part traveling and bringing these teachings to people around the world with his wife Yogini Jaima. He is the author of 'The Guru In You' and 'The One Plan'. He has been featured in The NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Men's Journal, Vogue, ELLE and has appeared on Extra, The Ellen Show, Access Hollywood, The Today Show and The Dr Oz amongst others. Find him on social media at @YogiCameron, and on his website yogicameron.com.
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