A brief guide to practice different types of meditation

A brief guide to practice different types of meditation

Meditation aims to harmonise the mind, body and soul. While the main aim of meditation is spiritual progress, it brings mental peace, balances your body along with several other benefits. The practice does not arise from a single school of thought, rather, it is a combination of techniques that have developed from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity.

Concentration meditation
All meditation practices involve concentration in some form or the other, but in this particular variant, the idea is to build an enhanced concentration.  In order to train the mind practice of focusing is important and it is necessary to do away with distractions. With several practices, concentration improves and it becomes increasingly easier to simply acknowledge thoughts without allowing them to disturb your mind. This helps to calm the mind and direct thoughts to a heightened sense of awareness.

Different meditation techniques are there to help the mind to get rid of distractions and to improve focus. These include Zen meditation, transcendental meditation, Om meditation and chakra meditation.

Reflective meditation
Also known as analytical meditation, the method is all about training and disciplining your thought process. Hence, the practice simply involves choosing a question, theme or topic and focus your thoughts on it. When you first begin with practising reflective meditation, it is common to find many different thoughts creeping in your mind, causing your focus to wander. With practice, it will become easier to bring the focus to the topic of your choice. To achieve this, concentration meditation can prove most helpful. Practising daily will gradually reduce the effort to streamline your focus on one single idea. Reflective meditation is one of the most widely practised forms of meditation and is said to be very helpful to calm the mind to a great extent.

Practising daily will gradually reduce the effort to streamline your focus on one single idea. Reflective meditation is one of the most widely practised forms of meditation. It is said to be very helpful to calm the mind to a great extent.

A brief guide to different types of meditation


Mindfulness Meditation

Regarded as one of the most powerful techniques in meditation, this method simply teaches you to pay attention. This type of meditation has proven effective to achieve relief from pain. It is also beneficial for persons suffering from mental disorders like anxiety or depression.

Heart-Centered Meditation
Also known as heart chakra meditation, it focuses on letting go feelings of sadness. It also encourages positive emotions like compassion. The technique focuses on letting go of negative thoughts, ideas and any such detrimental energies from your stream of consciousness. Practising heart chakra meditation requires a quiet place and assuming a straight posture. Therefore, begin by shifting your focus from the heart area as you breathe in and breathe out. Ensure that your breath is slow and steady, while you allow positive thoughts and ideas to flow through.

Creative Meditation or Visualisation
This meditation technique is different from most commonly practised methods. Moreover, the aim of this technique is to develop and enhance kindness, humility, affection, gratitude, among others.

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