Meditation 101: Easiest Beginner Techniques To Heal Your Soul
As we find ourselves stressed out from capitalism, the corporate ladder or simply being alive, more and more millennials are turning to one unconventional method of healing: meditation.
People meditate for various reasons. It’s more than just ‘clearing your mind,’ it’s about concentration, mindfulness, drawing positive energy and gratitude. People who meditate often do not react emotionally and are often not overwhelmed by difficulties. Instead, they take things one step at a time and focus, which is what we’re trying to achieve as we’re adulting, really.
Here’s a list of types of meditation techniques and types to help you heal your soul. Even if you’re not into meditating, doing just a bit every day may help with your mental health.
1. Movement meditation
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You may be familiar with yoga and tai chi, and these physical activities are forms of movement meditation. This meditation technique allows you to focus on the movement of your body. It’s about being aware of your physical discipline and thanking your body for what it can do, instead of hating yourself for what you cannot do. It allows you to work on and appreciate your strengths.
2. Mindfulness meditation
Based on the teachings of the Buddha, this meditation technique helps us to overcome dissatisfaction and intolerance in order to live fuller and more peaceful lives. You begin by acknowledging every thought that goes through your mind without judgement, and slowly start to focus on your breathing. You can do this while sitting cross-legged on the floor. It’s your ‘me time’ to be silent and concentrate on yourself.
3. Focused meditation
This type of meditation involves focusing on your task and is the exact opposite of multitasking. One traditional example would be drinking a cup of hot tea. When you’re drinking a cup of tea, you’re only focused on drinking your cup of tea, slowly, sip by sip. Refrain from checking your phone and if your attention diverts to anything else, always remember to focus on drinking your tea (the real tea, not the drama kind).
4. Spiritual meditation
Best done close to nature, spiritual meditation involves connecting to your higher being. It involves self-awareness and self-actualization. When you think about it, we are more than just our physical beings. We are spirits at heart, and we don’t connect with our spiritual self as much as we’d like to. Take this time for self-reflection and awareness of your day-to-day deeds and how you could have improved today.
5. Visualization meditation
Visualization meditation involves visualizing that you’re in a scenic place, a better location, like at the mountains or the beach. Basically, you’ll visualize being at any place that gives you peace and calm. For most of our lives, we dwell on the possibilities of the future, and those aren’t really there either. Take a moment of your dwelling time to visualize a place of peace.