The practice of meditation is often associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation. Practitioners have claimed that daily meditation also provides cognitive and psychological perks that persist throughout the day. The word meditation originates from the Latin term meditatum, which means ‘to ponder.’ Through the practice of meditation, we can seek to find a better connection with our body and create a stronger awareness of how our emotions influence our behavior.
Surprisingly, daily meditation is not just about sitting and thinking with a calm mind. Let’s have a glance at them below,
Types of meditation
- Mindful meditation
It can be defined as a mental state that involves being fully focused on the present so you can acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without any judgment. Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, let go of any negative thoughts, and calm your mind and body.
Mindfulness meditation techniques involve breathing practice and awareness of body and mind. Practicing mindfulness meditation doesn’t require props or preparation and all you need is a comfortable place to sit and a relaxed mind for a 5-minute meditation routine.
- Qigong meditation
This is an ancient and powerful Chinese practice that involves harnessing energy in the body by allowing energy pathways called “meridians” which means to be open and fluid. Sending this energy inwards during meditation is thought to help the body heal and function and transferring the energy outward can help to heal another person.
- Chakra meditation
The Chakra meditation technique is aimed at keeping the body’s core chakras (centers of energy) open, aligned, and fluid. Imbalance or blocked chakras can appear in uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms, but chakra meditation can help to bring all of them back into balance.
- Vipassana meditation
Another ancient tradition, this type of meditation draws you to use your concentration to intensely examine certain aspects of your existence with the intention of transformation. Vipassana meditation pushes us to find more insight into the true nature of the world and reality by contemplating several key areas of human existence such as suffering, dissatisfaction, hollowness, and depression.
- Zen meditation
This ancient Buddhist tradition involves sitting upright and following the breath, particularly the way it moves in and out of the belly, and letting the mind relax. Its aim is to foster a sense of presence and alertness.
- Transcendental meditation
The Transcendental Meditation technique is a silent mantra meditation, that is developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The practice involves sitting comfortably with one’s eyes closed for 20 minutes twice per day and engaging in the effortless practice. Students are encouraged to practice twice a day, which often includes morning meditation, and then a second session is in the mid-afternoon or early evening. Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique for evading distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness.
Conclusion: A state of mindfulness meditation can be achieved with a 5-minute meditation routine. There are several types of meditation techniques such as Zen Meditation, Transcendental meditation, chakra meditation, vipassana meditation, and so on. Each technique has its own essence and can be practiced as a daily meditation routine.