Just like Yoga, there is more than one method of practice. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to pick only one from the following that we describe for you.
You can combine two to get the best benefits for your overall wellbeing.
Body Scan Meditation
Think of this as going into the hospital and having an MRI.
As the scanner goes over your body, it picks up abnormalities, which then are assessed by a qualified doctor. With body scan meditation, you are the one who scans yourself from head to toe and locates areas of discomfort or tension.
As you relax, you can start at the top of your head and imagine a healing hand moving over your face. This hand senses a tense muscle in the jawline, so visualize a warm water wave washing over the area, releasing the tension.
You continue down the body as that healing hand passes over each part.
People who have chronic pain in one or several different areas of the body find this meditation to ease the pain and promote a restful night’s sleep.
Breath Awareness Meditation
Anxiety and stress can be melted away with breath awareness meditation. When you practice this form, 100% of your focus will be on the air coming in and going out of your lungs.
Focus intensely on the rise and fall of the chest as you breathe naturally in a steady pattern. When the focus starts to wander, bring it back to just you living and being conscious of the life it gives you.
As you concentrate on just breathing, this practice will help you later with perfecting your ability to focus on just one thing, like an important task.
In this practice, qualified teachers help pick out a mantra for a person to repeat. The teacher may decide for the student to repeat one word, such as “love.” Or they may come up with a short sentence based on their discussions with the student.
Students are seated and begin breathing while using the mantra to lift them up and beyond their current state of being.
Transcendental is considered the “spiritual type” of meditation, and when you look for a teacher, it is best to find students who give high recommendations as this teacher will be working closely with you.
This meditation is one that would benefit virtually everyone. It is designed to help people who are suffering from bouts of anger, resentment, and resentment.
In this hectic world, it is difficult not to have at least one of these issues.
This is also known as Metta Meditation, and when you practice it, you will begin to feel love and kindness not only for yourself, those around you but all that is in nature.
This meditation works by projecting your thoughts to the universe, to be delivered to those you choose. As you enter the meditation and focus on your controlled breathing, you think of kind, loving messages to send to those who have perhaps wronged you in the past. It is not limited to just one person.
You could send positive love and prayers to an entire group of people who have undergone a recent disaster in their area.
It is said that to love others, we must love ourselves first.
With this in mind, you practice telling yourself why you love yourself and forgive any past transgressions on your part. When you repeat love for yourself in meditation, you will feel a sense of total calmness, and all stress will melt away.
You are also sending messages to your subconscious mind, and in turn, while you sleep, your subconscious mind will work on self-love for you.