Some of the benefits of meditation include relieving insomnia and anxiety, lower blood pressure, reducing stress and much more.
Although there are many types of meditation, they all focus on quieting the mind. The purpose is not to remove thoughts that “pop up” but to let them pass and focus back on the meditation process.
Meditation need not take hours; even a few minutes can be just as beneficial.
The biggest objection to why many can’t meditate is that have “lots going through their mind”, or they “their mind is always racing”. Meditation is not about blocking those thoughts, but more of acknowledging them and letting them pass through.
- Focusing on an object – This is where you focus your eyes on an object such as a candle’s flame or crystal.
- You may find visualizing a place, where you are going on a journey, such as walking along the beach or in the forest.
- Guided – Here you are listening to a person speaking through a CD or any recorded sound.
- Transcendental – You continuously repeat a word or mantra.
- Listening to your surroundings – This is where you keep your eyes open (or closed) and listen to what is around you. Here you become aware of your surroundings.
- Following your breath – Here you follow your breath as you inhale and exhale. Normally by inhaling through the mouth and exhaling through the nose.
- Letting your mind go blank – This is where you empty of you mind of any thoughts and feeling of peacefulness comes over you.
- Movement (walking/running) – When you are running walking or running, you focus on the ground, your breath, how your environment feels. This should be done without any distractions, such as listening to music.