Know The Meditation Techniques

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The human body is a complex synergy of matter and energy that functions together as one unit. Through vivid meditation techniques, the mystics around the world have been able to use their mind as a tool to elevate their being to a greater self.

Since every human mind is unique in its own way, thus there is no universally accepted technique of meditation that is fitting to all. Based on the requisites of a human mind, you can use different meditation techniques.

Which Meditation Technique To Use?

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To determine which meditation technique should be used, you need to be clear about your purpose of meditation. Once you have determined your purpose of meditation, become aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing the purpose of meditation is the most vital step in choosing the right meditation technique.

Based on the intent, different traditions suggest different ways to meditate. For example, Hinduism believes that ‘Moksha’ is the ultimate aim of meditation and suggests numerous techniques to meditate with ‘Chakra meditation’ being the most prominent.

Likewise, Buddhism suggests ‘Nirvana’ as the purpose of meditation and suggests Vipassana meditation. Here are some important traditional techniques of meditation.

Chakra Meditation

Chakra meditation or ‘Kundalini yoga’ is the oldest meditation technique in the world. Its purpose is to elevate human consciousness and transform the physical body of the practitioner into a greater being.

There are about 114 chakras or “energy centers” and 72,000 Nadis or “vibration channels” in the human body. Out of which, chief Nadis are ‘Ida’, ‘Pingla’ and ‘Sushumna’. 

In the simplest sense, Chakra meditation is a tool to attain an ascendancy over the 3 Nadis as well as the 7 prominent chakras present in the human body. Each of the 7 Chakras has its own ‘root sound’ or ‘beej mantra’ which is to be meditated upon, thus in this way the ‘life-energy’ can transcend through the different chakras.

Vipassana Meditation

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Described to be one of the most ancient meditation techniques of ancient India, Vipassana meditation is about 2500 years old. Vipassana meditation originated in Buddhist traditions as a way of self-transformation through self-observation.

Its purpose is to create an awareness of the self. Also, it abstains the practitioner from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and the use of intoxicants. Vipassana is a form of mental training that will teach the practitioner to experience the world in an entirely new way. You will learn what is truly happening to you, around you as well as within you.

Zen Meditation

Zen, the modern meditation technique is only about 1200 years old and is a mix of Buddhism, Taoism and Hindu meditative practices are part of the ‘dhyana yoga’.

The practice of Zen meditation lays great emphasis on control of breath as well as correct posture. ZAZEN is a meditative practice in Zen meditation which is disjoint from religion. Also, an individual’s ability to reach a “NO THOUGHT” state is at the core of ZEN.

If you are a beginner and looking for an easy meditative technique try “the monkey meditation”. Various religious scriptures have described the human mind as a monkey because of its natural ability to learn things by copying them. You can train the mind to follow the sensation of your breath as you inhale and exhale.

In this way, you can prevent the mind from wandering in the chatter of the physical world as well as prepare the mind for other meditative techniques based on the purpose.

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