• Falak Kashyap

Types of Meditation: Meditation for beginners


Has your brain become a pool of clutter and the noise just doesn't stop?

Well, it's time to pause and take a break, mentally.


Meditation is in trend these days, people have started talking about it like they talk about coffee and crop tops. But what they don't understand is this simple practice has so many health benefits that too for FREE!


Imagine not being infected by any mental health problems when you are old, because you tried meditating now.


Even if you are new to meditation, don't be intimidated the first few times when the mind will not let go of thoughts. It takes a lot of patience and practice to be able to fully silence the mind. I still sometimes can't cancel the noise, but that is okay.


Types of Meditations

If you Google types of meditations, you will find plenty of websites with a list of over 23 types.


I'll keep it short and easy, I am picking 3 which are easy and anyone can do them.


  1. Guided Meditation

I recommend this to any beginner who wants to try their hands at meditation.

It is the easiest form, they literally tell you what to do to meditate.


Guided meditation is relaxation invoked by a speaker, who then leads you to a state of calm and peace with the help of deep breathing.


Just hop onto YouTube and type in guided meditation. Begin with a 10 minute meditation set. You can later increase the time once you are comfortable.

The trick is to start slow. You can't start your practice with a 30 minute meditation set, it will never happen. Begin small and build as you go.


Benefits


Generally meditation is beneficial for overall mental health.

  • Reduces stress - meditation is known it ease the mind and defocus on stressful topics.

  • Controls anxiety - If you are an anxious potato like me, welcome to the amazing world of meditation, where everything is calm and beautiful and no ones stomach is falling down as if the world is falling apart.

  • Increases self-awareness - When I began meditation, I didn't read much about it, I just began to sleep better. Later I realized that meditation not only helped me sleep better, I was more aware about my feelings and emotions.

2. Chakra Meditation


Chakra means a wheel or a cycle in Sanskrit. They are wheel-like energy centers in our body that connect the spiritual body to the material.


Chakra meditation is a vast umbrella term for unlocking blocked chakras and energies in our bodies.


Our bodies have 7 chakras. Each chakra represents an aspect of our being. Beginning from the crown chakra, that is above our head, followed by our third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, and finally root chakra.


Each chakra represents spirituality, knowledge, communication, Love, power, creativity and instincts respectively. Whenever you have a blocked chakra, your body will feel heavy and tight in the space of that chakra.


Why are Chakras Important?

Chakras process and distribute energy that is needed for our health, well-being and vitality,” healing practitioner Jissel Ravelo of Vibra Wellness explains. And according to yoga tradition, when your chakras are open, energy flows effortlessly throughout your body. But when your chakras are blocked, internal energy builds up, which throws the mind, body and spirit connection into disharmony.


Benefits


Just like any other meditation, chakra meditation is helpful in


  • Being in more control of your anxiety.

  • Helps your better focus on the task at hand.

  • If your intuition is fragile, charka meditation will make it powerful.

  • It helps your become a stronger and motivated person.

  • Helps with the ability to transfer negative energy to something more positive and calm.


Sound Meditation


Sound meditation is generally done using Tibetan sound bowls, quartz bowls and bells. Tibet has been using this technique for over 4000 years now. Sound meditation is a focused based meditation that focuses awareness on sounds and music. The vibrations made by these instruments clear and cleanse the aura and space of a person.


Sound meditation has been linked to deep relaxation. Sound reaches to our sensory fibers of touch, which affects our pain perception.



An additional theory suggests that the benefits of sound rests on the concept of “binaural beats” or “brain entrainment” which hypothesizes that listening to certain frequencies can synchronize and change one's brainwaves.

Benefits

  • Reduces tension, anger and fatigue.

  • Improves memory and decreases memory loss.

  • Helps with pain reduction.

  • Is good for your cholesterol.

  • a lower risk of heart diseases and stroke.

Meditation is one of the few practices that anyone can do. you don't have to be good at it, you just have to experience it. It doesn't demand much.




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