Meditation for Love
The meditation process involves relaxing your body and quieting the mind. People meditate for several reasons including: to reduce stress, for medical reasons, as part of a spiritual practice, or to survive a crisis. Meditation also helps you feel good, more resourceful, and attain a deeper level of consciousness resulting in unconditional love. There are numerous types of meditation, and for it to be successful, keep it comfortable and simple.
Meditation for Beginners
Learning how to meditate for beginners is not an easy task. At times it can be overwhelming and frustrating. When you begin meditating, your mind may become flooded with thoughts, or you may keep expecting something to happen. Meditation techniques for beginners need to be simple, comfortable and easy to follow. Check out these meditation tips to help you sail through the first few days and make meditation a lifestyle.
Identify Your Meditation Purpose
It’s important to clarify what your reasons for meditating are, before you begin. Don’t over-complicate the reasons as this will interfere with the process. An example is meditation to attain unconditional love or inner peace. Identifying the reason helps you have a driving force behind what you do.
Start Small and Graduate Slowly
A period of 3 to 5 minutes may be ideal for beginners but if you feel unable to handle that, reduce it further. Don’t be over ambitious. Learn to meditate at your own pace and don’t feel pressured. Starting small makes it easier to keep up the habit and increases commitment. Increase the time and steps slowly as your interest develops. Stop expecting overnight change.
Understand What Meditation Is About
Obtaining knowledge on principles of meditation is the first step in how to meditate effectively. The key to successful meditation is recognizing immediately when your mind starts to drift. Detecting your thoughts provides the foundation to restructure them. It’s necessary to understand how to redirect your thought focus, without self-criticism, to achieve unconditional love.
Set the Right Environment
To create the right meditative atmosphere, the right room and time are crucial. Select a room free from distractions, outside noise and few or no electronics. Have dim lights or candles burning. To easily incorporate meditation, practice it around the same time and place daily. Put on comfortable clothing that helps you relax and breathe easy.
Go Easy On Yourself
When starting out, go easy and focus only on yourself. Meditation benefits are varied among people, so avoid negatively criticizing yourself. Persistence will help you stay committed and achieve results. Avoid unrealistic meditation expectations because they will hinder your success. Achieving unconditional love through meditation takes patience, commitment and persistence.
5 Common Types of Meditation
How do you meditate? Which type of meditation do you choose from the numerous ones available? There is no wrong or right way to meditate and the best meditative practice is one that complements your personality while catering to your needs. The 5 common types of meditation include the following.
Transcendental meditation is a form of mantra meditation, introduced in 1955 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It uses a mantra to help you focus during meditation sessions. Mantras are tantric names representing Hindu deities. The mantras are determined by your gender, age and teacher’s year of training.
Transcendental meditation technique is practiced seated for 15-20 minutes a day, with eyes closed. You have to pay a licensed instructor to learn it as it’s not taught freely. Critics of this meditation accuse it of engaging in doubtful research practices and involving themselves in cultish behavior.
It is also known as Zazen whose literal translation from Japanese means seated meditation. It can be traced back to Bodhidharma, an Indian monk in the 6th century CE and sometimes includes chanting. In Zen meditation, insight is acquired by observing your mind, breath and interacting with an accomplished teacher.
Zen meditation emphasizes on breathing from the belly, with open eyes and a downcast gaze. It is carried out when you are seated with crossed legs. The posture is strict and attention is mainly focused on a straight spine, a tucked chin, and hands specially positioned over your belly.
Jon Kabat-Zinn began mindfulness-based meditation in 1979. It traces its origins from Buddhist teachings and is a popular meditation method. Mindfulness-based meditation requires paying careful attention to thoughts as they cross your mind. It requires observation and taking note of any thought patterns.
This meditation combines mental awareness with concentration. Focusing on your breathing or a certain object as you go through it, is helpful. It’s an ideal method instructing how to meditate for beginners since it can be easily practiced individually. Depending on your focus, you can lie down, sit or walk. In addition to breath awareness, this technique uses a body scan.
Kundalini meditation is commonly practiced during Kundalini Yoga under the guidance of a yogi. In it, the aim is to awaken the kundalini energy situated at the base of your spine. When released, this energy travels up your spine and results in a Kundalini awakening experience. It ultimately leads to enlightenment and unconditional love.
Kundalini meditating techniques are numerous and include mantras, chants, breathing techniques, and mudras (hand placements). These are carefully applied to guide your body and support your mind. Since it requires plenty of practice, this method may not be among the suitable meditation techniques for beginners.
Primordial Sound Meditation
This meditation technique utilizes a mantra and originates from the Indian Vedic tradition. It was revived by David Simon and Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. The Primordial sound meditation is taught at the center and around the world by certified instructors from Chopra Center.
The mantra represents the vibration the universe was generating at the place and time of your birth. It is individualized and calculated using Vedic mathematic formulas. Continuous repetition of the personal mantra guides you into deeper awareness levels by detaching you from your brain’s intellectual side. PSM is practiced sitting down because the focus is comfort.
Meditation benefits are different for everyone but deep meditation is a definite way to attain unconditional love. Learn how to meditate properly and you will live in this state constantly.
There are guided meditation and meditations that you can follow through a system. You can also meditate on your own by just breathing in through your nose to the count of 5, hold the breath at the top of your nose to the count of 5 then exhale slowly to the count of 5. Repeat this at least 5 times. Do this throughout the day as well if you are feeling stressed or upset.
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