3 Min Video: Ivy sharing her thoughts on what meditation practice involves and provide ways to get into your own home practice with different tools and environment.
Are you completely NEW to Meditation?
Have you been practicing Meditation and find it challenging to remain focus and still?
Have you been practicing a particular style of meditation and wonder what other styles are there?
Have you tried Meditation and keep falling asleep?
Have you been wondering about how you should experience its benefits while meditating or after?
What is Meditation and How to maximise its benefits?
- Meditation is the deliberate focusing of attention to bring about feelings of calm and heightened energy and awareness.
- Regular meditation offers many health benefits, such as reduced stress and anxiety.
- There are many different ways to meditate, such as using a mantra, looking at an object, or focusing on the breath. It can be done sitting still or moving around while maintaining self-awareness.
Simply put, while you’re meditating, try and remain conscious, focussing on the simplest things either with your mind on your breath, listening in on a particular sound or focussing your gaze on a particular object. The benefits you should be experiencing are after the meditation where you’ve essentially exercised your mind as you are learning to focus rather then occupying your mind with many different thoughts, therefore reducing your stress and anxiety.
Below are a few ways you can achieve meditation through different styles of practices.
Types of meditation *
Meditation has evolved out of numerous approaches to life, religions, philosophies and situations, which means there are many different techniques to choose from. Some examples include:
- concentrating on the breath – consciously noticing the movement of air in and out of your nostrils, or counting your breaths in various ways
- grounding and mindfulness – being aware of inner experiences (such as bodily sensations, feelings, thoughts and memories) and simply observing them without judgement
- emptying your mind – allowing your mind to clear and ‘float’, gently pushing aside any stray thoughts, or allowing thoughts to float in and out of awareness
- looking at an object – focusing your attention, but not necessarily your thoughts, on the shape, sound and texture of an object such as a tree, a candle flame, or a spiritually significant painting or image
- movement – using a physical technique like yoga, qi gong or tai chi to still your mind by coordinating your breath and body with gentle movement
- using a mantra – repeating a word or phrase over and over, either aloud or silently, sometimes timed with the breath, to focus your attention and brighten your consciousness.
* (excerpts from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/meditation)
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