Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What Kind of Meditation Suits You Best?

We, the people of the 21st century, have become vulnerable to stress, mental disorders and different health problems. The train is late, your boss treated you unfairly, it's difficult to come to terms with your 15 years old son, or the busy work schedule wears you off by taking away your "life energy; " these are a few examples which lead the person to find out a way to physical and mental relaxation.
None of them was an example of mine. My case was that I wanted to become aware of myself, to be able to regulate my negative thoughts and, through meditation, to notice the colors of life. When pronouncing the word 'meditation' a piece of smile is on the way to appear on my face, as due to it I have become balanced, loving, generous and understanding.

It's quite difficult to choose out of a number of meditation types. In the scope of your priority should be the meditative kind that suits you best. To make things less complicated, you simply need to find out the purpose of your meditation; whether it is for spiritual wellness or chronic diseases. If you are willing to become aware of the others need, or want to become more creative; there are meditations to achieve all your goals. Time is an important factor before choosing a meditation kind. Some of them are practiced for 20-30 minutes during the day. Depending on your ability to meditate alone or with others, you should choose the kind of meditation to practice.  A person with physical limitations can still go for meditations which require movement (meditation can be adapted to a person's physical ability).

So here are five meditation kinds:

1. Transcendental meditation was developed by guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who reached his fame during 1960s-1970s. Dozens celebrities, including the legendary Beatles became the followers of the Maharishi. No particular yoga position is required to practice it. The continuous practice for 20 minutes, two times a day, will be enough to release stress, to give peace to the mind in a natural way.
The meditative process is mantra based. Mantra is a set of 'secret words' which help to concentrate and clear the mind from variety of negative thoughts. Mediators are recommended to keep their mantras secret to achieve a desirable result.

2. Mindfulness, or Vipassana, is perhaps the most popular type of meditation in the West. It is about being 'mindful', aware about everything one does and feels. This is an efficient way to deal with the present situation and problems, achieving peace of mind through awareness. Many times it's hardly possible to change certain things in life, which are already set the way they are; you need harmony and awareness to understand and cope with it. The mediation process includes breathing pattern, which is an unchangeable one.
You will come across to information, where Mindfulness and Vipassana are considered to be two separate meditation forms. Just to mention it, both of them are considered to derive from Buddhism. Vipassana means 'to see things clearly', while practicing this form of meditation clears the mind and body.
While practicing both of them,  you get  aware of your body, as well as your soul. You clearly see and understand the material world, and you just start putting aside the worries you had before.

3. Zen is another famous type of meditation that people practice worldwide. Its roots go to Buddhism and the meditation is practiced in a seated posture. While eyes are close, the mind travels to the insight, to the essential nature of being. You get detached from the past and further, what matters is the now. Mind and body are relaxed; breathing is shallow, after which you find yourself in a meditative state.
Zen meditation is the most 'anti-method' one, as there is no set method or instruction to eat. Accordingly, it will be difficult to have a result in a short period of time, as the individual has to elbow his or her path with the help of the self developed side method to the existing one.

4. Taoist meditation type derives from both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The process is based on the generation of the inner energy due to which the mediator achieves health or whatever he chooses. Navel and breath meditation are the first steps for the beginners who are willing to practice Taoist meditation. It improves concentration and leads to awareness (not-pointed).

5. Another type of meditation I chose as one of the famous is the Kundalini meditation. It is the concentration in the breathing, that passes through each body energy points heading upward - above to the top of the head. Kundalini is considered to be the awaking our intelligence within us. It is highly recommended to be ready physically and emotionally to awakening that kundalini energy within you. The guidance of an instructor is a must. Those, who practice Kundalini without a respect to it, may suffer from negative side effects, sometimes called as "Kundalini Syndrom."

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