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Different types of Meditation


When we speak of Meditation we, in most cases, refer to its abstract character : that is, Meditation is known to be the concentration of the mind  to help with the affairs of life. But that cannot be farther from the truth, because through meditation the individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.   Meditation promotes relaxation, develops compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness in the human soul.




different types of meditation

The core techniques of Buddhist Meditation have been preserved in ancient Buddhist texts while   
Buddhist meditation practice has been passed from teachers to students.   Buddhists seek Enlightenment and Nirvana, and practice meditation as part of their quest.   Buddhist and Hindu meditation are very similar and they both require following the precepts (Nayas and Niyamas).
Buddhists meditation practices include breath meditation and various recollections; in the Ravada tradition there are over fifty methods for developing mindfulness and forty for developing concentration, while in the Tibetan tradition there are thousands of visualization meditations.   Most Buddhist meditation guides are school-specific.
The Buddha identified two paramount mental qualities that arise from wholesome meditative practice:
·         “serenity” or “tranquility” [Pali : samatha] which steadies, composes, and unifies the mind;
·         “Insight” [Pali : vipassana] which enables one to see, explore and discern “formations”.
One is able to release obscuring hindrances through the meditative development of serenity and one gains liberating wisdom through the meditative development of insight.
‘The way to ascend unto God is to descend into one’s self’ – these are Hugo’s words.   ‘If thou wishest to search out the deep things of God, search out the depths of thine own spirit’; – this comes from Richard of St Victor.

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Inner Peace:   This is the outstanding advantage of Transcendental Meditation in which greater inner calm and clarity are experienced right from the start.
If we go back through the ages, Transcendental Meditation was an ancient technique for effortless transcending. However, different forms of meditation produce very different results.
According to a recent report by the American Heart Association, Transcendental Meditation is the only meditation that can lower blood pressure. This shows the profound effect meditation has on our physical and mental well-being.
The technique in this type of meditation differs from other techniques in 3 important ways:
·         Effortless transcending: The technique involves no concentration, contemplation or control of your mind.   It is effortless and enjoyable and can be practiced for 15 – 20 minutes twice a day, while sitting comfortably in a chair.   Transcendental Meditation allows your mind to transcend effortlessly, to settle inward to the source of thought – a natural state of pure awareness and restful alertness.   This automatic self-transcending is a unique feature of this.
·         Evidence–based : Researched studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique have documented widely ranging  benefits including reduced stress and anxiety, improved health and brain function and increased self-actualization. Other forms of meditation may produce effects in specific areas but this meditational procedure has been found to produce immediate and long-term wellness benefits for both mind and body.
·         Standardized for Effectiveness: Every certified Transcendental Meditation teacher ensures consistent effectiveness in your results by providing standardized instructions in this practice.   In most other meditations, the nature and quality of instruction can vary widely from teacher to teacher.
Transcendence provides the natural basis for one’s subsequent prayers and practices.   One can begin his day with this beneficial custom and improves health and brain function and gives increased inner wakefulness and self-actualization.
Walking Meditation is meditation in action; you use the experience of walking as your focus.    This technique is part of traditional Buddhist teaching and can be just as profound as any other form of meditation.   It has the advantage of bringing the DIFFERENT TYPES OF relaxationmeditative activity into our activity of walking.   There are a number of different walking meditations.
One particular type allows you to be more present in your body and in the present moment.   You walk with your eyes open, you are aware of things outside of yourself, such as wind, sun, rain and the sounds of nature.  
Walking Meditation makes it so much easier to be aware of our bodies and it helps you to enjoy simply being alive.    There is a tremendous richness of experience to become aware of as you walk.   The body loves movement and will reward you with pleasure if you pay attention to how it feels. 
Best done outdoors for time periods of around twenty minutes – it is not to be combined with other activities, such as shopping or other exercise.
You should stand still, be aware of your body, breathe deeply, inhaling to your belly and then breathe normally once more.   Be aware of your standing still body and then begin walking.   The simple experience of alternating steps with the left and then the right foot naturally helps create a meditative state.   Be aware of how your feet feel [in your socks, in the sea sand, on the leaves or pebbles], how you lift your foot, bend your knee, lower your foot and place your weight on it.   Let go of the tensions anywhere in your body; let your hips swing loose, become aware of left/right foot movement, left/right knee motion.
Walking Meditation is done for recreation and aliveness.

Various postures are taken up in meditation, such as sitting, supine and standing postures.  
Popular in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism are the full-lotus, half-lotus, Burmese and kneeling positions.   Transcendental Meditation can be practiced sitting comfortably in a chair.   As you sit to meditate, give full present attention to whatever you feel within you and around you.  Let your mind be spacious and your heart soft.
4 different ways to meditateAs you sit, feel the sensations of your body; notice what sounds and feelings, thoughts and expectations are present.   Be aware of the waves and rest seated amidst of them.   Allow yourself to become more and more still.   Feel your breathing, your life-beat; feel it coming in and going out as tingling or coolness in your nose and throat.   Breathe in any rhythm, long or short, soft or deep.   Let your attention be carried away – some of your thoughts or feelings may be painful while others may be pleasurable – whatever they are, let them be.   Be aware of all your sensations, thoughts, and plans – and then gradually open your eyes after about twenty to thirty minutes; get up, walk and allow the same spirit of awareness to walk with you.
Meditation is simple, not always easy; it thrives on practice and a kind and spacious heart.
As you meditate, you will gradually grow in centeredness and understanding. It will also make you appreciate everyone and everything around you. As you develop the habit to meditate regularly, you will feel positivity oozing through your mind, body and actions. Simply put, you will be able to experience the full intensity of bliss and harmony. 
There are many other different types of meditation available and ways to deal with stress. Click here for more ways to deal with stress.This is only a few of them to give you an idea of what is out there. Try one today and begin to reap the benefits of meditation. 

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