The benefits of meditation are endless: you can reduce anxiety, keep depression at bay and even slow down the aging process. So, if you’re looking for a foolproof way to make sure that you’re ready to face the day, here it is.
There are many different forms of meditation – we’re here to introduce you to some of these types so you can pick the one that works best for you.
Self-awareness is the basis of this form of meditation. It’s all about taking note of the thoughts and the feelings in your mind – not analyzing or deliberating, but just sitting by as they pass through your mind. Slowly, as you do this more often, you’ll be able to identify patterns in your thought process and get some insight into the inner workings of your mind. Just by sitting in a fixed posture and focusing on the regularity of your breaths, you can perform this type of meditation.
If you were the kid that would always be itching to jump up and down as soon as you were told to sit down in silence, this is the kind of meditation for you. You can pick from yoga, tai-chi and even walking – they’re all forms of movement meditation. As long as you’re disciplined in your practice and are constantly aware of your body, the time that you commit to this will go a long way.
Find yourself constantly thinking about a gazillion things at once? Take a shot at a bit of focused meditation. The whole point is to train your mind to never stray from what it is you’re supposed to be concentrating on. There are two different ways to do this: you can focus on something external like drinking a cup of tea, or you can concentrate on something within the body – your breathing or chanting.
Speaking of chanting, mantra meditation is another type that is out there waiting to be tried. It involves repeating a specific word or phrase in order to remove any distraction and unwanted thoughts from your mind, helping you to focus on the sounds of the words and be more conscious of your surroundings