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.
1. Using sight
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.
2. Visualizing an image
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.
3. Chanting mantra
By chanting a short mantra or sentence over and over again, you can focus and calm the mind.
4. Focus on one part of the body
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.
5. Use mala beads
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.
6. Following the breath
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.
7. Staring at an image
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.
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