Self-care is essential for getting through these tough times, such as a global pandemic. Meditation is a technique that people have practiced for centuries and across various cultures. It offers relaxation and creates awareness in a stressful world where our senses are often dulled. It can lead us to find a sense of calm and inner harmony and help us cope with everyday life pressures.
Mediating regularly has dozens of benefits. It is more about becoming more mindful, peaceful, and focused and becoming more aware of our thoughts, action, speech, and how our choices affect others and ourselves.
As there are several reasons why people meditate, there are many different kinds of Meditation created by educators, spiritual leaders, and mental health experts. Different types of Meditation have different benefits; some of them will work better for you than others.
Try different meditation techniques until you find the one which works best for you. Find the best style of Meditation for you and practice it with the right approach.
Here is the list of the 5 most common meditation techniques practiced around the world.
Loving-kindness Meditation (Metta Meditation)
Metta meditation is also known as Loving-kindness meditation. Its purpose is to develop an attitude of love and kindness towards each and everything, even a person’s enemies and sources of stress. To practice this Meditation, breathe deeply, open your minds to receive loving kindness. Send messages of love and kindness to the world and specific people — direct good thoughts and feelings for the people you love.
This technique is designed to promote feelings of love and compassion to others as well as yourself. This type of Meditation increases positive emotions and can reduce depression, stress, and fear or PTSD.
Mantra Meditation (OM Meditation)
“Om” is one common sound used in mantra meditation. A mantra is a syllable or word without any particular meaning. They are widely used in Hindu traditions, Buddhist traditions as well as in Sikhism, Jainism, and Daoism. These spiritual paths recommend chanting and mantra meditation. A repetitive sound, phrase, or word is used to raise the positive vibrations and clear the mind. Mantras are usually accompanied by a melody, but not always. This practice cultivates a peaceful yet alert state of mind.
It develops deeper awareness and builds a stronger connection with positive human qualities such as compassion and confidence. It also helps you to disconnect from the negative thoughts filling your mind. It is a tool to support your meditation practice.
Chakra is an ancient word that means “wheel.” It refers to the centers of energy and spiritual power in the body. Each chakra is located at a different part of the body, starting from the base of the spine and moving up to the head’s crown.
Each chakra corresponds with bundles of nerves and organs. They all represent a different color. This meditation technique aims to keep the body’s core chakras open, aligned, and fluid. Blocked or imbalanced chakras can result in uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms, but chakra meditation can bring all of them back into balance.
This form of meditation focus on enhancing feelings of relaxation, peace, and calmness by visualizing scenes or images that brings up positivity. Use all your five senses to add as many details as possible to increase focus and motivation.
This Meditation is a kind of escape from the world’s chaos since we imagine something that isn’t there. But as you go through your day, you will realize that so much of what you think is either of reviving past or hopes or fears of the future. This meditation technique can help you boost your mood, reduce stress levels, and promote inner peace.
This Meditation is a traditional Buddhist practice that means “insight” or “clear seeing”. The goal of this form of Meditation is self-transformation through self-observation. Focus your attention on the movement of your breath and notice the subtle sensations in the body and emerge in the field of awareness and then return to the sensation of breathing.
Vipassana meditation establishes a deep connection between the mind and body and makes you more lovable and compassionate.
There you have five different types of Meditation that can help you improve sleep, reduced anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, decreased pain, and several other health benefits.
Don’t be afraid to try different types of Meditation until you find the one that suits you the best. Whatever form you choose to be consistent with a regular meditation practice to increase self-awareness and understanding.