Do you feel inactive and lethargic all day long? Do you keep forgetting things or get irritated with petty matters? Then spiritual meditation is what you should be practising daily.
Meditation, and especially spiritual meditation, has many uses – it calms the mind and body; it heals emotional, mental and physical stress. It helps you achieve a higher level of consciousness and achieve self-realization. Most meditation techniques require you to sit still and empty your mind of all thoughts, which sounds like a tall order, and in fact, is almost impossible to achieve. You cannot suppress emotion and thought in the human consciousness (1).
So wondering what this spiritual meditation is all about? Give a read and get ready to be amazed!
Types Of Meditation:
There are different types of meditation techniques that have been extensively used by our forefathers and are successfully used even today. Generally, meditation is subdivided into many types or kinds. They are:
- Creative Meditation
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Heart-Centered Meditation
- Reflective Meditation
Concentration meditation is designed to help stimulate and enhance your concentration. Zen, Om, Chakra, Samadhi and Transcendental meditation are some techniques that can help you achieve concentration.
Creative meditation is designed to help you strengthen and develop newer aspects of your mind. It helps boost creativity and feelings like appreciation, joy, patience, compassion and love.
Mindfulness meditation is possibly the most powerful technique. It helps you connect better with people and your environment. It helps people who suffer from depression and anxiety.
Heart-Centred meditation usually helps you build feelings of love, kindness and compassion. This technique is especially effective for people who suffer from heart diseases.
Reflective meditation usually helps you reflect on a situation, occurrence or a question that has been troubling you. The key thing here is to select a theme and reflect upon its questions and answers.
We spoke about many different kinds of meditation techniques, and we have also seen how these techniques are divided based on the type of meditation one usually practises.
One of the most popular and oldest known meditative techniques is the Measured Breathing Exercise. This technique relies on counting your breath and it helps calm the mind and the body. Let’s look at some of the steps you must take to perform this technique.
Measured Breathing Exercise:
- This is one of the easiest and simplest meditative techniques that you can learn and perform. To get into the starting position, begin by keeping your back upright. If you are sitting on a chair, remember to not lean on the back of it. Keep your feet flat on the floor and your arms on top of your feet. The hands should rest on the thighs, with the palms facing upward.
- Perform this technique to ease the body. Inhale forcefully through the nose. Alternate between long and short inhalations (double breath).
- Stiffen the muscles and tense up the body. Hold this stiffness and tension for around 5 seconds. Remember to also hold your breath during this time.
- Exhale sharply through the mouth. Again, alternate between long and short exhalations (double breath).
- As you exhale, remember to slacken the tension in stages. Repeat as often as necessary.
You can repeat the exercise as often as possible, based on how healthy your lungs are. Many people increase the count gradually. Finish your meditation as you began it – deep inhalation and complete exhalation (2).
Try out this amazing technique today. Do tell us about your experiences with spiritual meditation. Leave a comment below!
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