Today attention is not being paid by those who belong to the new age subculture or who subscribe to ancient religions like Buddhism or Hinduism. Even health practitioners are considering meditation as a therapy to relieve people of stress. This is because many studies have already proved the miraculous effects of meditation. Various forms of meditation have significantly impacted the health and well-being of millions. Physicians have prescribed meditation as a way to reduce stress and anxiety. It also relieves us from some diseases like insomnia, migraine and high blood pressure. As a result, meditation can also prevent many different diseases.
Finally, noticeable techniques typically run along a common thread. For one, all these emphasize the need to calm the mind. This means that during meditation, you should stop thinking about anything that causes stress, not even a possible solution to stress. All you have to do is to let the sound of your head calm down and think of nothing.
Clearly, it is also important with all kinds of meditation to focus on the “now” rather than the past or future. It is important for you that you can experience every moment of your day and let it be completed, so that you can experience the next. This is easier than at a time when most of us are constantly thinking. General ideas about what the future might be or what kind of days it was are not always easy to discard.
During meditation, we are taken into a transformed state of consciousness. This is different from what we experience during sleep or our waking. Because of this, meditation is capable of increasing levels of brain activity in our areas controlling happiness and positive thoughts and feelings.
So whatever meditation techniques we use, the results usually remain the same. However, they say that different types of meditation techniques also have their own specialization. Such specializations are not static, however; As everyone is different and will have different effects with different techniques. However, there are some common types of meditation techniques that you can start for yourself that suit you.
A basic technique is as simple as sitting comfortably, usually in a full lotus or cross-legged position, as you try to calm your mind by thinking about nothing. This is called “meditation of an empty mind”. The key here is to think of yourself as an observer of your thoughts. Just let all your thoughts flow inside your mind as if a voice is listening to them but you should only listen and not be engaged by them. This is somewhat difficult at first because we have a tendency to be preoccupied with our thoughts, thus defeating the purpose of emptying our minds.
You can try this basic meditation technique and after that, you may want to consult an expert to help you choose the technique that you like best. In addition, there are different types of meditation techniques for different purposes. Below are some of these popular meditation types:
Body Meditation – This relaxation meditation usually involves a scan of the body. From head to toe you focus on one body part at a time.
Transcendental Meditation – Another relaxation meditation that occurs in a state of deep restlessness. Presenting is the popular Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the 1950s.
Chakra Meditation – Popular Buddhist meditation that focuses on the seven energy centers known as chakras.
Energy Meditation – Focuses on the energy around us through meditation.
Mantra Meditation – This popular technique involves repeating specific sounds known as mantras.