Just as muscle relaxation is very important for the well-being of the body, most of the meditation techniques that the West uses, adopted from the East, are used to offer a wellness state of mind and of spirit. However, these meditation techniques are not as easy to master, as we will show. But they are nonetheless a great way of relaxing the mind and getting closer to your inner self.
Present Moment Meditation
Close your eyes. Focus on your breath. Try focusing on your body, then on your body and what you’re feeling. Now try and focus on the areas that your sensations are originating from. Then, focus on sound. Try to hear all and each sound equally as a total and as individual sounds as well. Now do the process reversely.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of the Transcendental Deep Meditation, which has now become known as Transcendental Meditation (TM). Its ultimate goal is enlightenment, but until then, let’s see why this is among the most reputable meditation techniques.
The position in which this is to be practiced is the Lotus position, the fundamental position in which many enlightened ones have sat, and think of Buddha. You chant a mantra while focusing on rising above all negativity. That means that you dive deep into your thoughts and let them unfold. But you do not pay attention to them. All you do is chant the mantra (which is a sacred word or number) while focusing your mind on that mantra. This is one of the more soliciting meditation techniques, so guidance should be in order.
Kundalini is one of the fundamental meditation techniques and involves much practice in the art of Yoga meditation. The word itself has a rich history in both a philosophical—spiritual way and an etymological meaning altogether. The ultimate goal of Kundalini meditation is to reach inner illumination or spiritual enlightenment through the use of unblocking each of the 7 chakras that lie within us.
It focuses on activating each of the seven chakras from the base of the spine, or Muladhara, which deals with primal instincts, being blocked by fear. In order to practice Kundalini correctly, you must seek guidance from a guru or meditation expert. It is said that, if practiced incorrectly, it can have a negative effect on both your body and mind.
Zen, or Zazen, is an Eastern philosophical system that is somewhat related with Buddhism, and it has emerged from the mutations that Tao (pronounced Dao) suffered during its evolution. It revolves around the concept of detachment from earthly attachments. It was very much promoted in the West by Allan Watts, a Zen master. Its apparent simplicity bewilders many of those who approach this type of meditation.
However, there are many benefits that come along the Zen way. To practice Zen meditation, you must sit in a position which is both comfortable, but not too comfortable, as to keep the body in an upward position. Focus on deep breathing and concentrate your mind on nothing. Of course, in order to do so, you must first let all thoughts that occur in your mind unfold. Don’t try to grasp any of them, just let them be. And you’ll see that you will have a better overall psychological state of mind.
Naturally, each of these meditation techniques can enhance our overall wellbeing. Practice whichever of these techniques suits you better. Pay attention to the steps you have to follow in order to meditate correctly. And start low, while gradually progressing.
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