One healthy way to manage stress is through meditation. It is widely recommended by everyone. It provides many health-enhancing benefits, like reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety. You will probably become even more motivated to make it part of your everyday life if you know the health benefits it can provide.
Meditation can be practiced in many different ways but researchers generally classify meditation techniques into two different categories, concentrative and non-concentrative. Focusing on a particular object that is generally outside of oneself is called concentrative. Examples of these are the sound of an instrument or a particular mantra. The other one is called the non-concentrative which includes a broader focus which is the sound in one’s environment as well as internal body states or one’s own breathing. However; one meditation technique can be both concentrative and non-concentrative.
Here are some categories of meditation techniques that we must understand, its main options and how they differ from one another.
1. Basic Meditation Techniques – This is not always easy to do if you don’t have practice with it. This technique involves sitting in a comfortable position and just trying to quiet your mind by thinking of nothing.
2. Focused Meditation Technique- With this kind of technique, youu focus on something intently, but don’t engage your thoughts about it. You can focus on something visual, like a statue, something constant, like your own breathing. Others find this easier to do than focus on nothing but the idea is still the same and that is staying in the present and allowing yourself to slip into an altered state of consciousness.
3. Mindfulness Technique- Focusing on sensations you feel in your body is one way to stay ‘in the now;’ focusing on emotions and where you feel them in your body. By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and are better able to form deep connections with others.
4. Activity-Oriented Meditation Techniques – With this type of meditation, you engage in a repetitive activity, or one where you can get ‘in the zone’ and experience ‘flow.’Example activities are gardening, doing artwork and practicing yoga.
5. Spiritual Meditation- Spiritual meditation is at its core a practice of self reflection. While spiritual awareness derives from various meditation techniques, the attitude of integrity and honesty in looking at ourselves and how we view the world is paramount. The journey to spiritual awareness through meditation takes time. It takes lots of self-discipline and practice to be able to achieve spiritual success, but the long-term benefits are incomparable – there is no more worthy effort.
Whichever meditative techniques you use, the potential benefits are clear and numerous, making it one of the more commonly recommended stress management practices.