Meditation Techniques for Beginners: 8 Ancient Guided Techniques to Know!
Article by Wayne Fonseca
Meditation Techniques for Beginners
These 8 ancient techniques have been around for over thousands of years and have stood the test of time. Understanding each meditation technique will give you an overview of the intent and purpose for the tool to help any beginners get past the initial hurdles to bring about inner peace within, while at the same time release stress to promote healing for the mind and body.
The ancient yogic masters knew many thousands of years before that our bodies are not just material in nature. They are also quite definitely energetic in nature. Science has amassed considerable knowledge concerning this electromagnetic, bioenergetics functioning of the human body.
But scientists are first to admit that they don’t really comprehend the underlying forces that generate life. Scientific instruments can look only so far into the matter-energy continuum before reaching their perceptual limits.
The great thing about meditation is that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Some people meditate by sitting quietly in the comfort of their home, while others might say that their yoga practice serves as their meditation. Regardless which method is used, the goal is always the same, find out what resonates with you and supports you in your growth.
1) Guided meditation
Guided meditation is a blend of hypnosis and visualization. It is not classic meditation because it relies on outside stimuli, but it is just a step away from it. The style it uses varies as it takes the individual on a journey of the senses and mind to promote relaxation.
2) Chakra meditation
Chakras are a Sanskrit word that means vortexes of energy. These are basically energy areas in our body. There are seven main vortexes and they control different aspects of our human and spiritual lives. Some traditions recognize that, from the medical term of the physical body, this seven energy centers are considered to be the endocrine system.
3) Kundalini meditation
Kundalini, which in Sanskrit is traced to the word kundala (which means “coiled”), over generations came to refer to the latent power of spiritual realization buried deep down in the human body, perpetually under pressure to rise up and manifest its ultimate truths, power, and bliss. There is a relationship between Kundalini and the seven chakra energy.
4) Mantra meditation
Mantra repetition simply means repeating a sentence or group of words that have a phonetic significance. Mantra is intrinsically related to sound. Mantra is sound, and sound is reverberating in everything in this universe. Modern scientists are beginning to recognize as our ancient sages did, that there exists a vibration which reverberates ceaselessly throughout the cosmos. Examples are the sound ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’ or even ‘I am that I am’.
5) Reiki meditation
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a natural healing technique that feels like a flow of a high frequency of energy into and through a practitioner, and out the hands into another person. Virtually anyone can learn Reiki with no prior experience or ability necessary. The attunement process opens the heart, crown and palm chakras and creates a special link between the student and the Reiki source.
6) Mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness is an ability to pay attention in a particular way, on purpose and intent, centered in the present moment and letting go of judgments. Some exercises that encompass the practice are standing meditation, walking meditation or eating meditation. The notion stems from this idea “Wherever You Go, Whatever You Do, and There You Are”!
7) Pyramid meditation
Pyramid meditation may have been derived from the ancient Egyptians, they used pyramids as graves and temples but they also used them as ways to ground and convert cosmic energies. In today’s modern world, there are meditation pyramid structures that can be purchased or one can be built at home by just using pieces of wood and meditating inside.
8) Qigong meditation
Kenneth Cohen translates Qigong as “working with life energy, learning how to control the flow and distribution of qi to improve the health and harmony of mind and body.” Such practices have been prevalent in China for 2000-3000 years. The central idea in qigong practice is the control and manipulation of qi, a form of energy.
About the Author
Wayne Fonseca has had the opportunity to learn different techniques from different masters over the course of his journey. If you are interested to learn more about Meditation and how it is used to integrate into daily life, check out the articles on different types of meditation or simply visit the main site at http://www.enlightenmentmeditation.com