How To Meditate Daily For Maximum Effect
Many teachers will tell you that there are 10 stages of meditation. When you first begin to meditate and look at these different stages and levels can become daunting. My studies and have shown me that meditation should be made as simple as possible especially for beginners just learning how to meditate. Complicating it with levels and needing to name the stages such as Novice, Skilled or even Guru is not required.
Stages Of Meditation
The true purpose of mediation is to reconnect with your higher self. We are all spirit at our core and will always be so. Spirit is not bound by time or space. Spirit is also not limited in any other way. Trying to name the different stages of connecting to spirit just doesn’t make sense. You are either connected or not connected. Whether you are just beginning a practice or have been doing so for ions the purpose remains the same.
Meditation Techniques: What Meditation Should I Do?
Yes, there are so many types of meditation I can hear you now, “what meditation should I do?” Have you ever tried to meditate but had issues with the type of or style you tried. I hear the question “I just don’t know which meditation is right for me” from so many people. These are not unusual issues to have especially with novices. Choosing the right style and then learning how to meditate for beginners can be daunting. However, whether you are practicing meditation techniques for beginners or you have been involved with a specific practice for years the benefits of meditation are well worth the effort. Many people as a, for instance, have issues with sitting cross-legged in the lotus positing. They just cannot do it. So what! Sit in a chair. The main focus should be doing it not necessarily doing it perfectly.
Meditation Techniques For Beginners and Experts
There are so many meditation styles as well as specific purposes. There are meditation techniques for stress as well as meditation techniques for anxiety, meditation techniques for concentration and even types of meditation for pain relief. So many to choose from!
There are two main teachings that I feel are important to your meditation practice and when you can master these, which can be done in the first session, you will be well on your way to taking control of many different aspects of your life, mental, emotional and spiritual. As opposed to stages I will use the term stepping stones.
Stages Of Meditation: Meditation Techniques For Focus
Whether you are looking to learn a simple method of how to do meditation at home or advanced meditation techniques you must start somewhere. The first stepping stone is grounding. A grounding meditation can calm your inner beast. It is the release of negative energy into the earth’s core. It is very simple to do and can be practiced when you are alone or in a crown. It entails focusing on your 1st chakra, the root chakra and creating a stream of awareness fro it to the earth. This can look like a cord or a waterfall or any such feature. Then you allow all your negative energy to flow out of your being down this connection to the center of the earth. Simple right?
The second stepping stone is Centering. In all honesty, this can be a little more challenging for some. Not impossible but it requires focusing on your pineal gland where your spiritual gifts can be activated including psychic abilities and intuition. So instead of trying to put it into print, I have created a free guided meditation for you below.
Free Guided Meditation
How Many Types Of Meditation Exist?
Contemporary meditation tools used to deal with modern challenges are derived from traditional, ancient meditation techniques, practices, and techniques. Meditation is an incredible old practice that underpins all spiritual practices in all countries and cultures.
- Ancient Sumer/Mesopotamia (> 5000 BCE)
- Egyptian Mystery Schools (>3000 BCE)
- Vedas of Ancient India (1500 BCE)
- Taoist China & Buddhist India (600 BCE)
- Yoga Sutras & Bhagavad Gita (400 BCE)
- Christian Mystics (> CE)
- Japanese Buddhism (653 CE)
Most religions advocate meditation (Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, Christian, Judaism, Bahai, Islami, Pagan, New Age). Each religion has its own practices and various techniques are employed:-
- Practices – Hinduism (Vedic, Yogic, Tantric, Kundalini) / Buddhism (Anapanasati, Vipassana, Satipathana)
- Techniques – Breathing, Postures, Contemplations, Imagery, Visualizations, Affirmations, Mantras, Mudras.
In this podcast you will learn about the five modern styles of meditation :
Concentrative (Mind Focus)
Receptive (Being Present)
- Notice the senses, feelings, thoughts without reacting.
- Mindfulness meditation.
- Based on Buddhism.
Reflective (Disciplined Thinking)
- Reflect on a question, challenge, idea or project.
- Christian rosary and prayer.
- Kabbalah in Judaism.
Generative (Emotional State)
- Nurture love, gratitude, compassion and patience
- Acting as if they are already active within you.
- Loving Kindness Meditation in Buddhism
Active Visualization (Imaginative Creativity)
- Visualize images, symbols, memories
- Release limits, change beliefs.
- Mystery School Religions, Scientology.
Mindfulness Meditation For Anxiety
So no matter which meditation style or mindfulness meditation practice you chose the benefits of different types of meditation will always help and not hinder you in any way. Whether you are trying to remove forms of stress from your life such as anxiety, fear, emotional anguish mediation can help. Over the next few weeks, I will be going into detail on the different styles of meditation practices. I hope you will join me.
Join us on this episode of Unlocking Your Truth, Techniques, And Stages Of Meditation, we not only discuss how to meditate but also provide you with a link to a free guided meditation for beginners.
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