Which Meditation Technique is Best for Me?
Can meditation change the world? Maybe. Many meditation gurus say that meditation can help you access the collective consciousness of humanity and make a difference in the world. Here is a guest post on choosing best meditation technique for you by Szymon Pelechowicz from LoveMeditating.com
At the very least, meditation can change your own consciousness. It can be confusing to determine which meditation technique is appropriate for your lifestyle, however. Honestly, any meditation technique can be beneficial. Here is a breakdown of some different techniques so that you can select the right one to get you started or deepen your practice.
Think about the way that you go about your daily routine. Do you feel like you’re on autopilot? Do you have trouble remembering where you put your car keys? Do you drive for minutes, realizing that you don’t really remember looking at the road? Do your days blend, and you never really know what day it is?
Those are examples of mindlessness. On the other end of the spectrum is mindfulness, which involves focusing on the present moment without judgment.
Researchers have found that mindfulness meditation can help lower stress, promote calm, improve mood, help you sleep better, decrease anxiety and even help improve physical health. In a clinical setting, mindfulness training may be prescribed to people suffering from emotional and mental symptoms that stem from a medical condition. Athletes pair visualization with mindfulness meditation to improve their performance.
While mindfulness meditation is often incorporated into spiritual traditions, it is not based on any one religion.
Mindfulness meditation is for you if:
- You feel foggy and unfocused.
- You want to achieve clarity and balance in your life.
- You feel overwhelmed by the need to get everything done.
- You feel out of touch with your body and emotions.
- You feel out of touch in your relationships.
- You want to stop living your life on autopilot and take more pleasure in every moment.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness meditation. No matter what method you choose, you will find that once you begin to practice consciously, you can incorporate mindfulness more easily in your everyday life without even thinking about it.
In walking meditation, you focus on the experience of walking. There are many ways to practice walking meditation, but they all involve connecting with the physical activity.
Unlike sitting meditation, during which you keep your eyes closed and focus internally, during walking meditation you must be aware of your environment.
Walking meditation is a way to live a healthier lifestyle. It gets you to move your body, exercise more and find more mental and emotional balance. You can incorporate walking meditation into your life when you take a walk after dinner or travel from the parking lot into your office.
As we go about our daily lives, so much is going on in our environment. We are bombarded with fragmented stimuli, and we don’t always have time to dig deeper into our surroundings, our interactions with others or even our own thoughts. Walking meditation helps you defragment your mind to achieve more peace and calm wherever you go.
Walking meditation is for you if:
- You have trouble focusing on your body when sitting still to meditate.
- You are trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
- You feel as though your mind is fragmented by the whirling environment around you.
Chakras are energy centers in our bodies. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shaktism all refer to chakras. In Hinduism and Shaktism, seven chakras are identified. Only five are identified in Buddhism. Most western understanding of chakras comes from Shaktism.
The Chakras exist from the root to the crown of the body. Channels link them. It is possible for Kundalini energy, that was created when the world was created, to be channeled through these pathways. When kundalini energy moves into the highest chakra, it is said that you are one with God.
This is not an activity to be taken lightly, however. Awakening the kundalini and bringing it to the seventh chakra takes devotion and ritual. Awakening it too quickly can produce excess uncontrollable energy. It is believed that exploring kundalini without a spiritual guide can even produce detrimental effects.
If you have an impure mind or body, you may not be able to handle the abundance of energy created through chakra meditation. On the other hand, it is tough and slow to achieve awakening, and most people do not attain the highest point of awakening simply because they are not ready to handle it.
Chakra meditation is for you if:
- You are practiced in other forms of meditation.
- You are ready to submit to the process.
- You perform selfless work along with meditation to purify your spirit.
Cleansing and Balancing the Chakras
Because awakening the chakras can be dangerous, many people choose to cleanse or balance them instead. If you are interested in healing, becoming in tune with and activating the chakras, this may be a more realistic practice for you than kundalini-awakening chakra meditation.
Many people have never purified or balanced the chakras. In those people, the chakras barely function. Cleansing and balancing the chakras can uplift your consciousness and let your life force shine. When your energy is flowing through your own body in a meaningful and powerful way, it moves out into the world and connects you with the universal consciousness.
If you think of the chakras as antennas that transmit energy, you can imagine that when you experience something that clouds that energy, like trauma, fear, guilt, hate or shame, the communication to and from the chakras may be compromised. Cleansing, or clearing, the chakras by releasing emotionally charged negative energy, can allow the chakras to return to their unobstructed state.
Balancing the chakras involves maintaining a balance between the incoming and outgoing energy. This is not a static accomplishment but a constant flow that brings about equilibrium.
Cleansing and balancing the chakras is for you if:
- You feel out of touch with your body and emotions.
- You are overwhelmed by your emotions.
- You have trouble manifesting your desires.
- You are insecure in your own life and seek security from others.
- You feel disconnected.
Although it can be tempting to do chakra-opening meditation when you feel as though your chakras are blocked, that may not be the best course of action. Stuck emotions may be the result of blocked chakras. For example, someone who is depressed and always feels like there is a black cloud over his or her head may have a blockage in the crown chakra. Working on the emotions can often unblock the chakra, whereas opening the chakra without doing emotional work can keep it blocked.
Any type of meditation can be a guided meditation. During a guided meditation, you will listen to someone’s voice as he or she leads you through the process. Some people listen to guided meditations as they sleep. As you are drifting off or even in a deep sleep, your mind may be more receptive than when you’re fully awake. Although you may not be listening actively, your mind is aware of what is being said in a guided meditation even when you are sleeping.
Guided meditation is for you if:
- You are new to the practice of meditation.
- You find your mind wandering during meditation and don’t know how to rein it in.
- You want to learn a new technique.
- You want to take advantage of subconscious thought by meditating as you go to sleep.