Meditation- Which type is best for you?
I must admit that I used to think of mediation as a little woo woo. It was the burning of incense, sitting in a particular way, chanting and the word namaste. I figured it just wasn’t for me.
With that said, we all evolve, and so has my opinion on meditation and other relaxation techniques. Through yoga and silent prayer discipline, I have grown to appreciate the benefits of meditation. It’s best known as a therapeutic tool to help ease depression, stress, anxiety, addiction, and chronic pain. There are many forms of meditation so finding the one that suits you is the goal. Meditation is good for us, we all know that. Don’t we? It has been scientifically proven to improve our health. The question is, which meditation technique is best for you?
We all hear people talk about meditation but taking time to actually trying it is something else right? Since meditation has come into vogue as a means to enhance human performance, in school, business and in locker rooms there is more talk about how meditation enhances our life.
MEDITATION IS A LEGIT WAY TO TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE
Most people don’t know how and why to meditate. If this is you, I recommend you read the book Meditation and Mindfullness by Andy Puddicombe. It’s a quick read and Andy is a great storyteller who paints a simplified explanation as to why meditation is a legit way to enhance your life. Andy’ an ordained Buddhist monk who trained in monasteries in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Austria, Russia, and Scotland.
It’s a personal choice on how to practice meditation and there is no right or wrong way. The key is to identify a style that compliments your soul—you’ll not only experience the pure joy in meditation, but you might find you’re better at it than you thought! Just know it will not feel normal at first but give it time.
Try to find a comfortable place meditate. Many times this will be in your personal space in your home. To make it easier to meditate at home, create a mindful home so the space you spend the most time, is peaceful and zen.
6 Most Popular Types Of Meditation
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU MEDITATE?
There is no right answer to this question. Keep in mind that any meditation is better than no meditation at all. So, if a you only able to meditate once a week, it’s a good place to start. Many studies seem to conclude that just 20 minutes of mindfulness meditation per day can result in significant benefits.
In fact, researchers from Harvard University carried out an intensive study to figure out what happens to our brains when we meditate regularly over time. 16 participants were put through a guided meditation program for 27 mins each day for two months. When the two months were up, the researchers concluded that the regions of the brain associated with memory, learning, emotion control, self-awareness and perspective, increased in volume. This is so exciting!!
If it’s your goal to meditate a few times per week, work up to one session per day. Meditating around the same time each day can make meditation a habit that is easy to incorporate into daily life.
Consider downloading a meditation app. The UCLA Health free meditation app is awesome, download it here.
Meditation is a practice where you may use any technique that feels right to you. It is proven to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. The potential benefits should be enough to at least give it a try. Let me know if meditation moves you! 🙂