There are literally thousands of different kinds of meditation techniques. Meditation is one of the most important forms of self-practice available. This is because meditation is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. In order to learn some of the better meditation practices, you will need to begin with some basic meditation practices.
For many of us, the constant mind chatter can make it frustrating to sit down and meditate for any period. No special requirements are needed when learning how to meditate. Meditation techniques can be quite helpful in increasing concentration, which can help you achieve a relaxed state of mind.
The practice of meditation can also help you learn to manage stress and anxiety. In order to master any meditation techniques, you should focus on the practice and the intention of the technique. To begin a meditation, simply take slow and steady breaths. As you become more aware of the breath, you will be able to notice your thoughts and feelings without reacting to them or thinking about them. If you are having trouble focusing your attention, you can use your eyes to focus on objects close to your eye without looking at them.
If you already have an established meditation practice, good; if you don’t, and are just starting your meditation practice, here are five great meditation techniques that can set you on the path to mindfulness.
Technique #1 Breathing Meditation
This is one of the best techniques if you are just starting out in your meditation practice. It is an ancient and powerful technique that is extremely effective. By just paying attention to your breathing, you give your mind a point of focus in a relaxed way. To start this technique, get yourself in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and slowly begin to observe your breathing. Pay attention to how it feels as you breathe in and out. If you find your mind starting to wander, just bring your focus back to your breathing.
Technique #2 Mindfulness Meditation
In mindfulness meditation you become fully present in the moment by paying attention to the sensations in your body. Start the practice by focusing on your breathing, then allow yourself to become aware of the other sensations running throughout your body. You don’t want to analyze or judge the experience; you simply want to observe.
Meditation Technique #3 Mantra Meditation
By repeating a sacred word, like “aum” or a meaningful phrase, you can bring your mind into a state of tranquility. With this technique, you can either repeat the mantra out loud or repeat it to yourself silently. Several years ago, during a most stressful time in my life, I used the verse: “be still, and know that I am God” from Psalm 46:10. I repeated that verse over and over again until calmness and peace came not only to my mind, but my body as well.
Technique #4 Walking Meditation
If you don’t think that you can sit still for an extended period, you can try the walking meditation technique. This can be done anywhere. You simply have to focus on your body as it moves. Focus on how your arms swing, how your legs are lifted and extended, and how your feet rise and touch back down on the ground. If your mind starts to wander, bring your focus back to the movement of your body.
Meditation Techniques #5 Empty Minded Meditation
Empty minded meditation, allows you to be aware without having to have a specific focus. To practice this technique, sit quietly in a comfortable place. Close your eyes and let your thoughts freely float in and out of your mind. Observe each thought as they enter your mind without any attachment or judgment.
These five meditation techniques are simple enough that you now know how to start today, or even enhance an existing meditation routine if you have already started.
Meditation techniques should be practiced consistently. As you gain more experience, you will be able to perform the meditation more accurately and more quickly. You should practice meditation every day for a period of time until you find a method/technique that works for you.