By Manmohan Singh
The restless mind, overpowering thoughts, inner chaos and previous trauma, can give birth to various mental issues and can lead to physical illness as well.
Meditation is one sought-after solution to get lost inner peace and calmness back. An ancient practice for the complete healing and a path that takes us towards the unification of the soul with the universal consciousness, it is still practiced by people of all cultures across the globe for a harmonious and tranquil life.
How Does It Help?
The practice of meditation has ties to many religions and teachings, but it is less about the religion or faith. Meditation is more about achieving peace, finding awareness and igniting inner-consciousness. The healing practice is of a greater need in the stress-bound, busy lives of today and is something we all need. To practice meditation, we need to find a peaceful and clean place, and choose the right kind of meditation technique for your requirements.
Types of Meditation
Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep is a state of consciousness that brings incredible clarity, quietness and calmness of the mind and soul. It relaxes the body and is one of the deepest of all the meditation practices. It ignites self-awareness, makes us attentive, encourages mental stillness and brings in the real joy. The constant and persistent practice of this meditation type benefits in the truest sense. We become focused and conscious, get clarity of thoughts, and are able to balance emotions and sensations.
Mindfulness meditation comes from the Buddhist teachings and is a popular type of meditation, especially in the West. During the practice of Mindfulness meditation, we bring all the attention to our thoughts—as they go through our minds; the thoughts won’t entangle us as we focus on observing the patterns. It forms an amazing combination of concentration and awareness, which helps to focus on the breath and the body movements, sensations, feelings and thoughts.
Mantra meditation is a common form of meditation practice from the ancient times. It is considered to be the most common and powerful tool for meditation. This type of meditation is practiced in many cultures and traditions, and there are many types of mantras. A mantra is a transformative power of sound—the sound is vibration—and everything in the universe is vibrating, even the cells in the human body. That is the reason why mantras are being used in meditation and is considered as the safest and easiest method of meditation.
Transcendental meditation, another type of mantra-based meditation practice, is a unique way to attain enlightenment. It is best to achieve inner calmness, benefit the mind, and overall well being. It is an ancient and a popular form of meditation practice and is also being studied scientifically. In transcendental meditation practice, each individual is given a mantra on the vibration that they use to settle their wandering mind and calm the soul. This is a serious and structural type of meditation technique.
This type of meditation is also known as the insight meditation, where we become able to see things in their true nature, as they really are. Vipassana meditation is the traditional form of Buddhist meditation practice which emphasizes on the body and breath awareness. It teaches us how to label and identify own thoughts, experiences and feelings. It also encourages us to bring back the awareness and attention to the main object—breath.
Meditation means becoming aware of the Self. With these many options of different types of meditation, you can explore and choose the best for yourself that meets your expectations.
Manmohan Singh is a passionate yogi, yoga teacher and a traveler in India. He is currently working with rishikulyogshsla.org. The Yoga Alliance affiliated school organizes a number of yoga events such as yoga teacher training India, yoga workshops, retreats, Pranayama training, etc.
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Editor: Alicia Wozniak