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Today's society lives at a fast pace and many people lead stressful lives. It is a common sight to see people completely engaged in their daily chores and staring at smartphones without having a healthy sense of perspective.
There is simply too much information and stimuli around us. Through different types of meditation, we can take a breather from all information overload and stress to attempt to find balance, stay focused, and become self-aware.
We can divide them into two different types of meditation: concentration based meditation and insight based meditation. In the first one, we train our minds to focus on one thought while excluding everything else, and in the other, we simply observe the nature of reality as it is. In this article, we will briefly cover different focus and insight meditation techniques and learn how we can get started.
More than just a buzzword, mindfulness meditation is all about being present at the time and moment focusing on our thoughts as they pass through our minds. How do we get started with mindfulness meditation? We can practice mindfulness everywhere, but it’s a good idea to go somewhere quiet where you can sit comfortably for 15-20 min. Start by focusing on your breathing and allow your mind and body to calm down. The idea here is to be aware of what you are feeling and sensing at the moment. Will you be able to do it?
As you may expect, this type of meditation is led by a teacher or guide that helps visualise mental pictures that evoke calmness, relaxation, and peace. The guided meditation will commonly include our senses, so we can experience different feelings and sensations through sounds, smells, and textures. To get started, you may choose one of many audiotapes, podcasts, or youtube videos available on guided meditation. Simply sit or lie down somewhere comfortable and let your guide walk you through the meditation. Don't feel up to it? Try our retreats and we will help you.
Vipassana meditation attempts to see things as they really are in order to become self-aware. Its literal translation means ‘insight’, and it is the oldest Buddhist meditation practice. Vipassana practitioners achieve this insight gradually through the years by practising different exercises that focus on self-observation. How to get started with Vipassana meditation? Set aside 10-15 minutes to practice meditation in a quiet room or secluded outdoor area. Also, sit straight with your legs crossed and begin observing your breath as you inhale and exhale. Accept your thoughts and feelings without judging or being overly reactive.
Unlike other techniques where being still is essential, this technique focuses on the movements of our body to become self-aware. It is commonly associated with yoga, but it can be done while doing other forms of gentle movement such as walking. If you are highly energetic or easily become restless while sitting down, this technique may be ideal for you.
How to get started? Choose a movement activity that you already know and that will make it easier to stay calm and relaxed. Let your breathing guide your movements, as you inhale and exhale, breath slowly and steady. As you move, be aware of yourself and your surroundings.
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