There are different ways to meditate, and since it’s such a personal practice there are probably more than any of us know about.
You can use focused-attention, or mindful meditation, which is where you focus on one specific thing—it could be your breathing, a sensation in your body or a particular object outside of you. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on one point and continually bring your attention back to that focal point when it wanders.
You can also use monitoring meditation where you pay attention to all of the things happening around you—you simply notice everything without reacting.
“In meditation, healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented, then it is like a laser beam – it is very powerful and healing can happen.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Some benefits of meditation:
Normalizes blood pressure
Improves immune function
Slows the aging process
Reduces anxiety, burnout, improves stress related disorders
Promotes the experience of relaxation throughout the day
Improves psychological health and self-esteem
Lowers incidence of depression, anger, irritability
Increases positive thinking
Facilitates psychological development
MORE REASONS TO LEARN TO MEDITATE:
Calm the emotions – experience tranquility
Deeply experience life in the present moment
Expand awareness of connection to all living beings
Improve the quality of everyday life
Develop inner strength
Enhance understanding and acceptance of others
Increase awareness of your unique spiritual journey
Meditation is a way of reaching, and directly experiencing the depths of who you truly are. Meditation practices take you beyond identification with the limited, conditioned mind and into your heart. Practices are taught step-by-step, and you are led gently and gradually based on your own experience.