Meditation allows you to control your mind to raise your level of consciousness, and increase your awareness of your inner self and your surroundings. There are various kinds of meditation techniques you can use, but your path in learning meditation will depend on your personality and purpose for meditation.
Meditation's benefits also differ depending on the purpose of the technique. The result and purpose of Vipassana meditation may be different from a Chakra or Zen based meditation technique.
Meditation techniques come from specific origins and depend on the culture they originated from. It can be Christian, non-sectarian, or Buddhist based. Some meditation techniques are used to calm your mind while others are used to balance your chakra. Meditation techniques that clear emotional blockages are also different from those used for healing, for creative problem solving, or for balancing your energy.
Expansive meditation techniques allow you to observe, reflect and have free flowing thoughts, while the concentrative techniques make you focus on specific objects. For you to maximize meditation benefits, you need to be in a nice, calm, quiet place that would allow you to concentrate and put your mind at peace.
Sunny Jamiel, who has had an interest in meditation techniques for the past 10 years, classifies the techniques in four categories: Visual (which is further classified as Objective and Subjective Visua)l, Auditory, Contemplative, and Kinesthetic.
- Subjective Visual Meditation, he says, uses the power of the mind to imagine and place a person in specific situations or experiences. Self-healing, the Chakra technique, and Vipassana meditation fall into this group.
- In Objective Visual Meditation, objects are used to help you focus so that your mindfulness and ability to concentrate are increased. Objects used to focus can be a cross, the flame of a burning candle, or a picture.
- Japa is an example of an Auditory Meditation Technique that uses the power of sound. The repetition of a word, a name like Allah or Jehovah, a verse from scriptures, or sounds like OM, repeated mentally or verbally increases a person’s concentration.
- Contemplative Meditation Techniques make you understand the spiritual concept in making use of your intelligence to liberate your mind from what is happening around you. You make use of your power of reasoning to make sense of what is happening. You go beyond logic and try to analyze things by answering powerful questions. Zen masters are known to use this type of meditation technique.
- Kinesthetic Meditation techniques use breathing and postures to awaken your Serpent Power, a spiritual current called Kundalini that is found at your spinal column’s lower end. Yoga exercises are used for this specific purpose. This technique makes use of breathing patterns to link your emotions and thoughts. By simply taking deep breaths, you take control of your thoughts and emotions.
Learning meditation and the various meditation techniques should make you feel like a complete person, relaxed and in touch with your emotions, with a higher level of mindfulness and your desired results achieved. Whether you use meditation online, Vipassana meditation, Chakra or Zen, the meditation benefits you gain should make you feel renewed and happier, your level of consciousness raised and your mind at ease.