There are several different meditation techniques that a person can practice. The important thing is to find a meditation technique that you are comfortable with and try to stick with that one. If you tend to bounce around from one meditation technique to the other you will not get the full benefits of meditation. Meditation has many benefits both physically, psychologically and spiritually. Some of these include lower blood pressure, improved skin tone, happy out look on life, less stress and just an over all feeling of well being. Today we are just going to give a brief outline of five of the major meditation techniques.
Trataka Meditation #1: Concentrated Gazing
The first meditation technique we want to talk about is Trataka Meditation. Trataka in Sanskrit means to look or gaze. When performing Trataka Meditation a person fixes their gaze on an external object. This can be a dot on the wall, candle flame or whatever. Trataka Meditation is an ancient yoga practiced to develop concentration and the Ajna (third eye) chakra. Basically the person gazes at the object till the eyes begin to water. As they are gazing they let all thoughts flow through their mind and pass away. Once the eyes begin to water the eyes are then closed. When Trataka Meditation is performed with a candle after the eyes begin to water and are closed the person concentrates on the image of the flame. At first this will be an after image, but will fade into seeing the image with the minds eye. This is a good way to develop the third eye chakra.
Mantra Meditation #2: Shift Your Mindset
The next meditation technique is Mantra Meditation. Mantra Meditation is where you say a word such as ohm over and over in your mind. In Mantra Meditation the word acts like a vehicle that takes you to a state of no thought. When repeating the mantra or word it is very common for the mind to drift off into other thoughts. When this happens the person needs to gentle bring their thoughts back to the mantra and start repeating it once again. In Mantra Meditation the word that is repeated is specific for the purpose of transforming the person in a spiritual way. Typically a mantra will be given to a meditator by a guru.
Chakra Meditation #3: Awakening Your Seven Chakras
The third meditation technique is Chakra Meditation. There are seven major chakras in the human body. When performing Chakra Meditation the person will focus on a specific chakra for the purpose of cleansing or energizing that chakra. Chakra Meditation has the ability to revitalize a persons body through the cleansing, revitalizing process. As the chakras are interrelated it is advised to start with the root chakra and work your way up when performing Chakra Meditation. When doing Chakra Meditation you can also use the aid of crystals to help in the cleansing, revitalization process. Chakra Meditation can be a powerful meditation for healing and the clearing of negative emotions.
Vipassana Meditation #4: silence and spiders
The forth meditation technique is Vipassana Meditation. Vipassana Meditation is one of the oldest forms of meditation and is used for the purpose of gaining insight into ones nature and the nature of reality. The goal of Vipassana Meditation is to bring suffering to an end for the individual. This is accomplished by eliminating the three conditions which are impermanence, suffering and not-self. After practicing Vipassana Meditation for a long period the meditator is supposed to come to a point where they separate these three conditions from themselves and achieving nirvana. It is believed that all physical and psychological conditions are not part of the true self or the “I” and should be eliminated with the practice of Vipassana Meditation.
Raja #5: practice at Inner Space
The last meditation technique we will talk about is Raja Meditation. In Raja Meditation the mind is considered king and it is the minds job to tame the emotions and the body. Raja Meditation attempts to have the mind bring the body and emotions under complete control. Raja Meditation and the associated practices is a very discipline type of meditation. When a person takes up Raja Meditation they are expected to give up things like sex, alcohol, meat and pay close attention to their actions. The idea in Raja Meditation for giving up these things is it prepares the body and mind for meditation.
Above is a brief out line of five popular meditation techniques. I hope that this small article has given you enough information to point you in the direction of the meditation technique you would like to explore more. It is suggested that if you do take up a certain meditation technique that you follow a good detailed program.