Meditation is one of those things that we all want to do, but for a lot of us, the chatter of our busy minds can make sitting down to meditate an exercise in frustration rather than relaxation. Here are 5 awesome meditation techniques we’ve compiled that can help you get started:
Meditation Technique #1: Breathing Meditation
This is one of the best meditation techniques for beginners. Ancient, powerful and effective, by simply watching your breath, you give your mind something to focus on in a relaxed way.
Get yourself in a comfortable position, close your eyes and begin to observe the sensations of breathing. Pay attention to how it feels as you draw air in through your nose, down into your lungs and back out again through your mouth. You don’t need to control or force your breathing in any way. Just watch. If your mind wanders – and it will – don’t worry or criticize yourself, this is normal in the beginning. Gently bring your attention back to your breathing and continue.
Meditation Technique #2: Mindfulness Meditation
This type of meditation allows you to be fully present in the moment by bringing your attention to the sensations within your body. Start by focusing on your breath then allow yourself to become aware of other sensations – how you’re sitting, where you feel tension or tingling or ease. The goal here is to become a neutral observer. Try not to analyze or judge anything you experience or any thought that passes through your mind. Simply observe.
Meditation Technique #3: Mantra Meditation
The ancient Sanskrit word, “aum” is a mystical syllable often used in chants or as a meditative mantra. By repeating a sacred word or meaningful phrase (including short affirmations) you can bring your mind to a state of focused tranquility. You can say the mantra aloud or repeat it silently.
Meditation Technique #4: Walking Meditation
If sitting still for too long makes you squirm, try the walking meditation technique. You can do this just about anywhere, although a garden or other pleasing environment is ideal. Simply focus on your body as it moves: your arms as they swing, your legs as they lift and extend, your feet as they rise and touch the ground. As with all meditation techniques, when you find your mind wandering, gently bring your attention back to the movement. Try not to judge, just observe the sensation of walking.
Meditation Technique #5: Empty Mind Meditation
This meditation technique allows you to be aware without any specific focus. Simply sit quietly with your eyes closed and allow thoughts to float freely in and out of your mind. As they come and go, observe them without judgment or attachment.
These meditation techniques are simple enough to start your meditation practice, or enhance your existing one. We’d love to know what other meditation techniques you use at home or in your classes, so comment below! :)