Meditation is the practice of concentrating mind at one point which comprises of a thought or a perspective which helps a person to achieve self-awareness, controlled emotions, a healthy and a stable state of mind. It is an ancient technique which leads to the path to enlightenment and self-realization. Through this practice one observes his feelings and tries to understand them better. It is a habitual process to train someone’s mind. One must do meditation as it reduces stress, anxiety, depression, pain and increases internal peace, self-discipline and positivity in life.
In starting, it may be difficult to focus on one object because numerous thoughts may come to mind when a person starts to meditate and one has no control over his breaths but with continuous practice one starts to feel comfortable and more involved in it.
At initial stage, a person can practice it only once or twice a week. But after achieving full mindset in it, two or three attempts in a day will be worthier. It will be more effective if he does it at same time every day.
There are many ways to meditate.
Metta Meditation: It is also known as ‘Loving Kindness’ meditation. This process helps to encourage the habit and attitude of love and compassion everywhere and makes the person more calm and lovable. It lessens the stress, anger, hate and frustration and upsurge more positive things in life.
Mindfullness Meditation: This form of meditation helps the person to live in the moment and gives the courage to leave the past and not to worry about future. It teaches ‘Whatever is there, is the present’. By practicing this person becomes more aware to the surroundings and get more presence of mind. It also improves focus, memory and relationship satisfaction.
Progressive Relaxation: Another name of this meditation is ‘Body Scan Meditation’. Its main aim is to scan the tension areas of the body and to release that tension from each and every part of the body. In this practice, people start from one point of the body and work through the whole. It reduces the chronic pain in the body and also helps in the sound sleep.
Breath Awareness: In this meditation a person focuses on his breaths by ignoring thoughts that come to his mind. It is a form of ‘Mindfulness Meditation’ and derives the same benefits like focusing and emotional flexibility.
Kundalini Meditation: It is the mixture of movements, breathing and mantras. It could be done in a better manner with the help of teachers by joining meditation classes. But one can learn poses and mantras at home. Kundalini meditation also improves physical strength, raises energy and improves mental health.
Zen Meditation: This meditation is the part of ‘Buddhist’ practice also called ‘Zazen’. It requires more discipline and practice. So, it could be done in the supervision of a teacher. It is also related to ‘Mindfulness Meditation’ practice and is the further way to go on a ‘Spiritual Path’.
Transcendental Meditation: It is a divine form of practice in which a person sits and breaths slowly and focuses on the words or mantras which he repeats. Words or mantras may vary from person to person. The prime aim of this practice is to raise the person’s current state of being. A person gains spiritual experiences and mindfulness through this form of meditation.