Getting Your Meditation Groove On

Meditation: Choices Abound

Meditation is a reflective, contemplative mental exercise in which an alternate state of consciousness is often reached. Meditation, which is increasingly recommended as a daily practice for overall health, is convenient and flexible: as long as you have a quiet place and a little time to yourself, from a few minutes to over an hour, you can practice meditation nearly anywhere (exception; please don’t try meditating while driving a car or other motor vehicle, because of the shifting state of consciousness).

The simplest way to meditate is just to take a few minutes and concentrate on your breathing, as you slowly inhale and exhale. After awhile, your consciousness will shift beyond the act of breathing.  If your mind wanders, you may want to hold a meditation stone in your hand: this will help you block out distractions.

Some people find it helpful to intone a mantra as they meditate: om is a timeless one.

Some people need complete silence to meditate, while others need soft music or even a guided meditation. With some people, it varies: sometimes the guided meditation can help, and at other times, it’s a distraction. Whatever works for you at a given point is the perfect solution.

Here are but a few types of meditation to consider, in no particular order:

1. Mindful meditation

2. Zen meditation, or zazen

3. Hatha yoga (often called “meditation in motion”)

4. Vipassana meditation

5. Transcendental meditation

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Namaste and Blessed Be.

 

Meditation

By Moyan Brenn from Anzio, Italy (Meditation) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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