Now that you know about many of the life affirming benefits of meditation, there really is no reason why you aren’t doing it. (Especially when you can start with as little as 5 minutes a day.) Maybe you just need to figure out what style of meditation is right for you. I started with guided meditation and then moved to focusing on my breath while listening to delta and theta wave frequencies. Amazing what can happen in that state. Other types of meditation are:
- Breath Meditation – focusing on the breath
- Mantra or sound meditation – word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.
- Mandala/Visual Meditation – gazing at a mandala, which is a geometric figure representing the universe
- Movement meditation: T’ai Chi, QiGong and Hatha Yoga
- Classic Zen Buddhist meditation – meditation practices/techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things
- Classic Yoga meditation – systematically observing, accepting, understanding, and training each of the levels of our being, such that we may coordinate and integrate those aspects of ourselves, and dwell in the direct experience of the center of consciousness.
- New Age Meditation
- Prayer – speaking to Higher Power of your understanding
- Mindfulness mediation – a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations
- Medical meditation, as used in stress reduction clinics and for other medical problems
- Guided Imagery – listening (CD or MP3) as you are guided through a meditative journey
- Creative visualization – used often in the attainment/manifestation of goals
- Creativity meditation, or art as meditation (writing, drawing, sculpting, etc)
There is a form of meditation for everyone and for most no special equipment of know how is needed. Try a new form every two weeks or so and see what suits you.