Finding inner peace, in the midst of the daily bustle, can become almost an impossible task. However, there are different types of meditation that can help us find calm by spending just a few minutes each day.
Meditation, if you are not yet familiar with it, is an ancestral practice that tries to educate the mind and consciousness to focus in the present moment, liberating us from our thoughts and reducing stress.
It has its origin in different Asian religions and spiritual traditions; However, nowadays it is practiced worldwide due to all of its benefits:
- Reducing the effects of stress.
- Increasing self-knowledge.
- Improving the attention span and concentration.
- Boosting memory and cognitive functions.
- Helping improve your mood.
Types of meditation
Meditation, especially at the beginning, requires a lot of practice and perseverance in order to achieve its true objective: to calm your mind. Therefore, it is highly advisable to spend a few minutes every day and use applications with guided practices.
In order to try the right type of meditation for you, you´ll have to do some research. Nonetheless, in order to save you some time, we have prepared a list with some of the most popular:
1. Vipassana meditation
In mindfulness techniques, this type of meditation is usually used to emphasizes the awareness of the breath, by focusing on how the air to comes out and back in through our nose. Every time thoughts or emotions appear and distract you, identify them and try to make them go away.
2. Kundalini meditation
Kundalini energy is considered to lie at the base of the spine, and this type of meditation helps us to release it. The practice includes breathing techniques, mantras, mudras and chants. It requires a lot of practice to master it but it is, without a doubt, very rewarding.
3. Chakra meditation
If you have practiced yoga before, you probably already know that the chakras are the energy centers of the body and there are seven located in different parts. Chakra meditation is a type of meditation that helps connect our physical and emotional parts. For this, the sound is used, the hands are placed in specific places and visualization techniques are used to connect with the chakras.
4. Zazen meditation
Zazen meditation is closely linked to Buddhism and it seeks to create an experience of emptiness. To put it into practice, all you have to do is count your inhalations and expirations. It is important that, if at any time you get lost, you start again from scratch until you reach up to 10.
5. Mantra meditation
This type of meditation focuses on a series of sacred songs that lead us to meditation and manage to deepen in our consciousness. These are the key to focus and concentrate. The vibration caused by the sounds in the mind and body are very powerful and have effects on our body.
6. Tonglen meditation
Tonglen meditation practices compassion and is very popular in Tibetan Buddhism. This practice teaches us how to connect with our own pain and to get in touch with our sense of compassion. Tonglen means "send and take."
7. Transcendental Meditation
This practice is based on the repetition of the same mantra twice a day for 20 minutes. Transcendental meditation brings calm, good energy, relaxation ... Keep in mind, though, that in order to reach this point it is important to practice and practice, otherwise staying still for 20 minutes will be very difficult.
The different types of meditation and their benefits will allow us to find the one that best suits our tastes. As in everything, in meditation we should feel comfortable and motivated enough to practice every day. With time and practice, the results will come.
If you want to start meditating there are different ways to do it. You can find a center where classes are taught (usually yoga studios) with a teacher guiding you, or you can opt to do it on your own through, for example, mobile apps to relax or guided meditations that you will find on the internet. For a beginner it is always better to have a person by your side to advise you and solve any doubts that may arise, but nowadays there are free ways to try and move forward in your meditation little by little.
Remember that the most important thing is to be patient and let your meditation flow. It is not something that is achieved in two days, but with constancy you will achieve your propose.