Lets start w/ the fact that there are so many forms of meditation &so many reasons to do it!
Meditation to me..
I believe meditation creates a sense of calm and inner harmony. Meditation is less about faith and more about altering consciousness, finding awareness, and achieving peace.
Six popular types of meditation practice:
How do you know which practice is right for you?
Spiritual meditation is similar to prayer in that you reflect on the silence around you and seek a deeper connection with your God or Universe.
Focused meditation involves concentration using any of the five senses. For example, you can focus on something internal, like your breath, or you can bring in external influences to help focus your attention. Try counting mala beads, listening to a gong, or staring at a candle flame. If your mind does wander, it’s important to come back to the practice and refocus.
Movement meditation practice may include walking through the woods, gardening, qigong, and other gentle forms of motion. It’s an active form of meditation where the movement guides you.
Mantra meditation uses a repetitive sound to clear the mind. It can be a word, phrase, or sound, such as the popular “Om.” It doesn’t matter if your mantra is spoken loudly or quietly. After chanting the mantra for some time, you will be more alert and in tune with your environment. This allows you to experience deeper levels of awareness.
Transcendental meditation is the most popular type of meditation around the world, and it’s the most scientifically studied. This practice is more customizable than mantra meditation, using a mantra or series of words that are specific to each practitioner.
Start here. Find your practice. Get comfortable w it &then branch out!
Peace & Love!