We live in a world where everything is done at an instant, like convenience, solutions, results and many more and with or without our knowledge, this builds up our stress. This causes major trouble in life and that’s why “meditation”, the most powerful means of concentration is being followed by many in the modern world.
Meditation is one of the oldest forms of calming the mind with the soul which makes people reach higher levels of consciousness than ordinary people. The main idea of meditation is to turn one’s complete attention into a single point of reference, and concentrate on it.
As a starter or just a person with interest about the limitless possibilities through meditation, what you can do at first is familiarize yourself with the various forms of meditation known today. The most common forms of meditation include “Bodhidharma,” “Hinduism,” “Bahá’í Faith,” “Buddhism,” “Christian meditation,” “Islam Meditation,” “Jainism,” “Judaism,” “Sikhism,” and “Taoism.” The understanding and the sets of practices each of these forms follow are different to each other and to know what’s best for you, it’s important to clearly know about each of them. And depending on the form you wish to follow, meditation can be done in various postures, standing, sitting and supine also.
Apart from the postures, the main thing to follow about different meditation forms is the type of meditation practice they use. Many say that the most common is the prayer as many people practice it. But other types of meditation such as transcendental meditation (TM), the mindfulness meditation, and some of the forms included in the Eastern tradition including the Buddhist, Taoist, and Zen meditation too are not so uncommon.
There are four basic elements you need to concentrate on when you are meditating as a starter. They are a place which is quiet, a comfortable posture, an object you can concentrate your fully attention on and a relatively passive attitude.
Learning meditation techniques
Meditating techniques are all about meditation practices and they tend to vary depending on the origin of practice and the culture of the place of origin. It may also vary according to the personality of the person who follows the meditation.
There are two techniques to meditation. One is “concentrative” which involves focusing on something and the other is “expansive” which is made up of a person’s free flowing thoughts, observations and reflection. The most common technique is the “Mantra” meditation where the practitioners produce sounds or combination of several sounds together played in a spontaneous manner whereas the Steady Gaze meditation or the “trataka” involves steadily gazing on a certain object while “Chakra” meditation helps in the manifestation of energy and mind control. Vipassana Meditation, Raja Yoga Meditation, Zazen, and Nada Yoga can be followed by the ones who wish to move on to the next step in mediation once they know all the basics.