There are many different meditation techniques which deepen your understanding and awareness.
However, from the seeds of Eastern philosophy grew two common and distinct ways to meditate.
Whether you are learning:
...they fall into two broad types of meditation: open meditation and focused meditation.
While these two two common approaches to meditation are different, their end goals are the same.
Through the process of attention and awareness, which is critical to both, meditation aims to cleanse the mind that leads to inner peace.
I will not say that one type of meditation is better than the other as each person's meditative journey is different.
However, I do encourage you to explore your meditation experiences and decide for yourself.
These different types of meditation help reduce stress, promote relaxation, and lead to better health.
Open meditation techniques
In open meditation techniques the individual does not focus on a specific object but rather, you witness your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations that arise, in a non-judgmental way
Observing your thoughts and feelings in a detached and curious manner opens up your awareness to the present moment.
Some examples of open meditation include:
The other meditation approach is to concentrate or focus your attention inwards.
This type of meditation is about maintaining your concentration during the meditation on a specific object. When your mind starts to wander you bring your mind back to focus on that particular object.
Different meditation use different objects, such as a mantra, or a sound, or even a visual object such as a flame.
Some exclusive or concentrative meditations include:
Irrespective of the type of meditation that you choose to use there are some common themes of meditation exercises that enable you to reap the benefits of meditation. These common themes in meditation practice include:
Attention: either to bring your attention to particular object of focus or the stream of thoughts and feelings that arise in your awareness.
Awareness: to develop your consciousness in a way that is less influenced by reactivity or judgment.
Understanding: To see things more deeply and clearly as they truly are.
Compassion: Being kind and welcoming to whatever arises in your experience.
Learning how to meditate is like learning a new skill. A new skill, whether it is learning a new language or a musical instrument, requires practice,
By practicing mediation on a daily basis you enable your meditation to become an effective habit to reduce stress and promote relaxation, peace, and happiness.
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