5 Types of Meditation
Deciding to start a meditation practice can be difficult. With all of the different types of meditation now on the market so to speak, it can be very daunting or even challenging just deciding on the type of meditation to practice.
Here are five meditation techniques for you to try! Find one that you like and start a practice, or rotate through them as your practice and see which one sits with you best or resonates with your Mind, Body and Soul.
Here are the five meditation techniques you can try today!
1. Visualisation Based MeditationVisualisation can be really relaxing and fun. You can imagine yourself anywhere you want to be such as a very relaxing place like on a beach, feel how it is to be there. The warmth of the sun on your face or the smells of just being there in that moment, how does the sand feel. Feel it with all your 5 senses.
This type of meditation is good for bringing yourself out of chronic verbal thinking as it is very calming. Just imagine and breath.
2. Mantra Based MeditationA mantra is typically ancient sanskrit language and used in Sound & Vibration work including Yoga. The Sanskrit language that are put into a meaningful phrase becomes meanings to your life, just like the sacred word like “Om.” You can even use them like affirmations. By using these to put yourself in a state of mind that is focused and relaxed. You can speak it out loud or internally.
There is an abundance of mantras with different meaning, next time you meditate, find a mantra to use during it and repeat it to yourself so you remain focused on it. Make sure to align it with your breath so you have a constant rhythm going. If you enjoy this type of meditation you can also get a mala and make this your regular practice. The best practice is 108 times a day for 21 days to see any changes within your Mind, Body and Soul.
3. Breath Focused MeditationBreath focused meditation is to do this for as little as 5 minutes or longer if you wish. This is very good to practice if you are a beginner or starting out. Sit anywhere comfortable within your home where you won't be disturbed and close your eyes. Focus on your natural breaths, counting them can help you get into a more meditative state as well. If your mind starts to wander, just remember your breathing and bring your focus back on that. Focusing on your breath will make you more mindful and connected, making a big difference in your day. This helps increase your focusing abilities. By focusing on your breath you allow your mind to relax.
4. Walking MeditationWalking meditation brings a lot of self-awareness when you do it. Start by walking slowly and feeling all your muscles moving, be aware of your body and how it walks. Try to synchronise your breath with your steps also. It is best to do this outside in a nice, quiet environment. When you feel your mind wandering just bring it back to focusing on your walking.
If you need time away from the office or anywhere. This meditation can be very relaxing, it can help release tension in the mind and body. Additionally you will be getting a bit of exercise which is always good.
5. Empty Mind MeditationThis meditation is also good for beginners. Sit down, get comfortable, close your eyes and enjoy the silence. Let thoughts enter your mind and flow out. Don’t get attached to your thoughts, just observe them and let them go. You can even thank the thoughts and let them flow and don't get too attached. Keep practising as you can master Mind Meditation, it does take practice which is where Sound Meditation works to entrain the brain.
This type of meditation is good to do if you don’t want to focus on anything in particular and you just want to relax. This type of meditation enhances your existing meditation practices.
When work on healing ourselves, try and work on every part of your being each is intricately interconnected and important to your Mind, Body and Soul. It is easy to perceive the physical body as you can see it, and the emotional body as you can feel it, which comes down to our senses as the human body is very clever and it has 5 basic senses.
5 Senses of the Human Body:-
Learn about each of the seven subtle bodies and how the serve your life. One of the great ways to evolve all seven is participating in holistic methods in a more spiritual form such as Sound & Vibration or yoga that is highly connected with energy and breathwork.
Seven Subtle Bodies Take Forty Nine Years to Develop seven subtle bodies buddha floating
All seven subtle bodies take forty nine years to fully develop. Each stage takes seven years. This is why reaching the age of 50 is thought of as an important date in your life—that is when full evolution of your Self happens.
It is possible that with the raise of human consciousness some people, especially the new children being born, are going through the stages faster. The first 28 years of your life are generally focused on the development and improvement of the first four subtle bodies: physical, etheric, emotional, and mental.
The other three bodies can take a whole lifetime to improve upon and work with. Once all seven are perfected, that is the image of a fully spiritually evolved person.
This should happen by age 75 but can happen earlier. By 75, you should feel ready to completely give up the ‘ego’ and live for a spiritual purpose. This can only happen if the person spends the time developing the seven bodies while feeling joyful and spontaneous. This way all of the seven subtle bodies will develop in a healthy manner. This is why it is important to be aware of all of them and enjoy the process of improving them with each age.
The other six subtle bodies are in seed form at this time. There are some people who never develop them and spend all their lives being led by animalistic instincts. This is not common for the majority and often requires serious traumas to get stuck at this stage.
The astral body or the spiritual body can only be awakened when the fourth or the astral body is fully developed. This body is linked to spiritual awakening and feeling pure bliss that is often associated with them. Intuition, spiritual gifts and abilities such as astral projection all happen because of this body.
Written By Katalina Aster
Sound Healing Lotus Academy promote good health and Well-being overall.
Are you looking to get into better shape and become healthier or are you looking towards more holistic benefits?
There is so much information out there on Social Media, Websites etc, that it can be quite overwhelming and daunting when you are trying to better yourself.
The following article may kick start you or help you get started on your journey to better health looking at Diet and Sleep.
The first thing you could do when beginning your journey towards better health is to define where you want to go and how you want to get there. You should make both long term and short term goals and don't beat yourself up if you don't manage them.
Write down your goals so you can see them and remind yourself of them often. Research has shown that people who make goals and write them down are more likely to reach them. Once you have made the choice to live a healthier life, make a grocery list. Organic produce is on the increase especially, fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Many change their diet completely even go Vegetarian, Vegan or if you don't wish to give up meat, you can have a balanced diet by just making subtle changes and purchases.
The following are the tips and tricks for a new healthier you:
Try and have a balanced diet to ensure a good health. A well balanced diet contains carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Drinking plenty of water is also a part of a balanced diet intake. You should be aware of your nutrition requirement and eat accordingly. If you opt for a weight loss program, do this under the supervision of a health expert. Remember, losing weight is not starving, but eating right!
You could follow a regular work-out regime to burn the excess calories and stay fit. You can start your day with maybe some activities like meditation first thing or if you have time, walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, walking on a treadmill or yoga or any other exercise best suited for you. It is recommended to get yourself involved in some kind of an activity, in a regular manner to lead a healthy life. Regular exercises prevent you from several health problems, strengthen your immunity power and make you healthier.
Walking has numerous of health benefits and it is a low-impact exercise. Walking is one of the most natural forms of exercise. Walking in a low-impact gentle exercise can lead you into a higher level of fitness and health. Here are more reasons why walking is good for you, and how to get started with a walking program.
Walking is an automatic, intrinsic human function, and it serves many practical roles. Strange as it seems, though, modern man appears determined to walk as little as possible. Not many people would walk five miles to work — but remarkably few choose to walk even a half mile to a friend’s house or a food store. And it’s not just a question of walking for transportation; moving walkways whisk us through airports, and elevators and escalators lure many able-bodied men away from stairways.
Walking can be the best type of exercise to lose weight and get in shape, especially if you have had a serious illness, injury, or have been out of shape of more than a year. It is also much easier to motivate yourself to walk than to do most any other type of exercise.
What you may not know is that you can make a dramatic change to your level of fitness, gain muscle, and losing fat by walking daily for the next six to eight weeks. This will also increase your metabolism, so if you combine walking with a healthier diet you will metabolise your food more effectively so you will lose weight.
Like any other form of exercise, walking improves cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation, and mental stress which are all heart risk factors. And if cardiac protection and a lower death rate are not enough to make you walk, you should consider that walking and other moderate exercise programs protect against dementia, peripheral arterial disease, obesity, diabetes , depression.
Walking is just like any other exercise, can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. When you cut down on the fat and sugar that most of us eat and is now mostly in foods, by walking for twenty to thirty minutes each day, and continue this for six weeks or more, you are likely to experience the following results: health benefits of walking;
Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Studies shows that a 30-minute walk every day helps control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent
Stress and anxieties are on the increase and is becoming part of everyone’s life due to the society we live in. However, there are many ways and means to handle it correctly to relax you can do this simply by the breath. Perhaps avoid unwanted arguments by others and try to stay calm, relaxed and composed. Try not make any hasty decisions and regret or get stressed up later. Involve yourself maybe doing things that interest you and calms down your mind. Sound & Vibration including Music can be a great help to unwind you. You can also practice meditation to de-stress yourself. Or simply join a Yoga class which is not over daunting if you have never tried a session.
A good sleep is very important as it can help you revitalise, rest and charges you up for a new tomorrow. Most of us require 8-9 hours of daily sleep. For a child, it may vary from nine to ten hours a day. But, too much of sleep can cause irritation, fatigue and laziness. So, be well aware of your actual sleep requirement. If you have trouble sleeping, try before an hour or so before bed to listen to calming music, reading in bed is also a good way to relax and rest if you cannot sleep. Try not pick up anything electronic, like laptops, mobile phones etc as this really can impact your mind wanting to go to sleep.
Maintain hygiene at your home and workplace. You can also encourage the children and young family members to develop this habit. Wash your hands properly before you eat or whenever you come in contact with any particle that may cause infection. Keep your crockery clean and disinfected. Also, try to keep your house dust free and clean all the electronic appliances at home, like microwave oven, refrigerator, air conditioners, fans, etc. thoroughly. If you have pets at home, keep them clean and properly vaccinated.