There are so many different forms of meditation. I practiced Kundalini meditation, which includes sitting still or movement and chants. Kundalini yoga is a physical and meditative practice. The typical or probably most widely thought of meditation is staring into a candle flame in soft light and maybe soft music and emptying your mind. This is much easier said than done. One of the hardest things I have ever tried is to quiet my mind and keep thoughts out. (I am writing from a Western perspective).
Meditation is an ancient method of employing the mind-body connection to achieve specific developmental goals. It is a spiritual path, stress reducer and calming experience-to find inner peace. There is a fine line between some yoga practices and meditation. We tend to think of yoga as physical balancing of energy in our bodies and meditation as mental balancing of our body. I will go into further detail about meditation and yoga in future posts. There is movement meditation and chanting meditation.
There are various Indian meditation techniques, Buddhist meditations, Zen meditations and other Eastern or Western techniques. Even guided imagination and creative visualization are a certain type of meditation. You can now learn and practice meditation wherever you are, not just in the exotic Far East. If you want guided meditation see You Tube.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) It is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. It’s the most widely practiced, most researched, and most effective method of self-development.
When I got to the point of not being able to quiet or still my mind, I tried chanting. (I ask for guidance in most areas of my life. I am drawn to these techniques I write about). I tried the Tibetan Buddhist Om Mani Padme Hum chant. I quit for a long period and now use this daily, no matter what I am doing. If I am not in a quiet place, I say it in the back of my mind. This feels right and comfortable to me. I would suggest you do what feels right or comfortable for you. I have learned there is no right or wrong way! There are many paths to the same goal. You do not have to be still, quiet or religious to meditate. You may be ‘called’ to do certain practices, quit, and called again as I was with Om Mani Padme Hum. This is the joy of the spiritual journey!
Reiki Meditation Technique~Gassho
It is meant to be practiced 20-30 minutes after waking up or going to sleep. Within 2 days of meditation, if you have a feeling of restlessness or irritability, this meditation may not be for you.
Sit down comfortably, back straight as possible, eyes closed and hands placed in prayer position in front of your chest. Focus your attention at the point where the two middle fingers meet. Try to forget all thoughts. If thoughts wander in, observe them and then let them go. Relax as much as you can and return your focus to your middle fingers.
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