Meditation techniques and meditation itself, when first trying to be understood, often confronts the individual directly with a paradox. Meditation is a very personal thing, and a very impersonal thing at the same time. What I mean by that is no one can show you how YOU should meditate, they can only show you paths and give you ideas, but you must explore yourself and continually find your own path. This one part of many ways to be happy in life
A lot of the Western mind focuses on science and reason as main guiding values, and this can be both a blessing and curse to society. One direct hindrance to the topic of meditation techniques is that sometimes Eastern ideals like meditation and 'oneness' with society and the universe may seem very far fetched and fantasy-like in nature. But that is because we tend to get caught up in the words rather than what they are trying to say.
When we meditate we take ourselves down to states of mind and being that become in tune with those around us, with the literal energy states and frequencies that exist all around us: from our wireless internet to your angry neighbors "heat". This is "oneness." We can choose how we want to describe it and understand the benefits and ideals presented with meditation.
What follows below are simply explained and diverse range of ways in which you can practice, view and understand meditation. Some of them will make sense to you and other won't. There is a deliberately broad range to start to put the "idea" of meditation into perspective.
You do not always have to be empty handed or closed eyed when meditating. There are times when meditation can be facilitated by holding a particular object in your hand such as a crystal, a favorite object, or even something such as a leaf from a tree. The idea is to have focus.
Keeping with this focus, focus being the real key to all meditation techniques, it is not always necessary to keep an object held in your hand, or that an object be small. You can place a candle a few feet away from you and focus on the flame for better clarity and stability of your meditative state. A statue or representation can also be used as a guide no matter how large or strange.
The first location for practicing your holistic arts, that almost all meditation guides or meditation techniques article will tell you is to find a quiet space to first start your journey. Quieting down your surroundings allows you to become more in tune with your energy and allows your brain less distraction to filter out as your subconscious mind begins to take over.
I am here to tell you that this advice is very good advice, but to get a fuller picture, think of a "quiet place" as any place that you FEEL quiet. At first actual silence, or as close to it as possible is going to be most beneficial, but progressing along you will understand that it is a state of mind not a state of environment that is meditation. So a quiet place may mean a favorite spot in the park, with birds chirping and the wind blowing, can serve as a wonderful "quiet" area that you may meditate beneficially. Finding these places not only helps with the overall practice, but meditating in a park when you feel out of touch with your physical self, or feel uprooted, will only serve to enhance and facilitate a positive result. Do not limit yourself to those areas that easily seem quiet, but those that are quiet in the right places, busting with other energy from which you may benefit in other areas.
The single best meditation technique when beginning or expanding on your meditation journey uses a tool which never leaves you until you leave this earth: your breath.
The breath is a champion when it comes to understanding your complete self, your whole being. It carries with it secrets into unlocking your further understanding into your full potential. What are these secrets... well actually I want to let some out. I want to give you some real explanations or metaphors that will actually benefit you instead of just giving you abstract and ambiguous language.
The breath represents the cycle of life, we are constantly breathing in and out, changing direction to go back the way we came to start over again.
The breath gives us continual support in all our physical functions, its tempo or rhythm giving a solid pattern for the rest of our body to follow.
Breath is pure. When it is not we know it. When it is polluted we know it. This same principle is directly correlated to thought. Our mind knows when we have polluted thoughts, it stresses, it depresses, it sends out signal after signal letting us know something is wrong. These cues are just as real, but less demanding of our conscious mind, as a non-stop cough from a breath of polluted air. Meditation on breath will continually remind you to keep your thoughts unclouded, pure, and flowing.
If you think you have failed meditating. Sit down, dedicate 5 minutes right now, set a timer, and just concentrate on your breath. No thoughts about the breath, such as "oh what is that taste?" or "am I breathing right? am i thinking?" If this starts just go back to your breath, do no get upset, just keep going. You are training yourself to meditate. It is training. Don't be fooled into thinking you sit down and BAM! enlightenment! You start tiny and just keep doing it, keep increasing the time, you will get better, every time you will get better, even times that seem worse are still aiding in the journey not distracting.
YOU NEVER WASTE TIME MEDITATING!!
Use our guide as a resource Modern Chakra Meditation Guide
For Breathing techniques:I go into greater depth and detail at the following page: Meditation Breathing Techniques
Meditation and Emotional Intelligence
Children can learn to meditate as well. Meditation helps children relieve stress and is a key part of developing their emotional intelligence.
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