Different meditation styles


There is no “right” way to meditate. There is a multitude of meditation styles that may suit you. Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind on one thing and letting all else fall away. You can achieve this in any number of ways varying from, traditional seated meditations, to running, chanting, and even praying, anything that allows you to focus your mind inward and shut out other thoughts. The greatest variable becomes the point of focus. Customarily, one would try to focus on the breath, mantra/sounds, or Yantra /visualization. Your approach will depend greatly on what feels most comfortable for you, but I advise you to try out a few different kinds.

If you are a naturally imaginative person, you may find it easy to meditate on visualization. For example imagining a light or a mist spreading throughout your body as a means of bringing the focus inward can be very effective. For the person that wants to be a bit more active, perhaps it may be more effective to keep track of the sound, direction, and frequency of the breath as it enters and leaves the body.

Meditating with a mantra by either singing or chanting a phrase repeatedly can help numb out thoughts for the scatterbrained folks who really can’t shut the noise off or just like to express themselves. The vibration qualities of the mantras also give them potency. The great thing about the mantras is once you get used to it, you don’t even have to say them out loud anymore. You can start to internalize the mantra and condition your mind to snap right back to that meditative state after a few short moments. One could even meditate on a flickering candle or some other external point of focus if closing your eyes is too intense at first. No matter how you slice it, the result is similar, and the benefits of any style of meditation are worth the effort it takes to find the style of meditation that works for you.

Are you one of those unlucky people that dread turning the light off at night due to a constant struggle to get to sleep? Meditation aids in quieting and clearing the mind. When your mind is quiet, you feel peaceful and have a better chance of experiencing a good night’s sleep as well as a more balanced life.

Anyone can apply meditation to their daily lives to achieve a calmer and more relaxed state of mind, even during stressful periods in their lives. Meditation has been described by many as a state of “restful alertness” which means that although your metabolism slows down like it would when you are sleeping; you are still awake and conscious. This allows your mind to remain clear from your usual continuous thoughts.

Meditation trains the mind and with repeated practice of the art, a greater sense of control is experienced. It gives you immense psychological benefits of meditation. In some cases, meditation can aid in bringing to surface dormant tensions. By identifying these tensions and becoming more aware of them, one can take control of them as well as other external pressures. If the focus is kept on the present, less emphasis is placed on past and future worries, and success and self-fulfillment is more achievable.