Meditation: An Introduction

What is it?

 

It is said that Meditation was first developed to help people understand the sacred and mythical forces of life.

 

Although there are many types of meditation, for now we will describe Meditation as placing the mind in a relatively silent space. Meditation trains us to place our attention where and when we want.

 

 

What are the Benefits?

 

Meditation improves our ability to dissect and direct our own conscious thoughts into more productive and peaceful ways. With this subtle control of our thoughts, we will ultimately have more power over our emotions and mood.

 

Meditation is known to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It also improves cognitive functions, blood pressure, and our ability to focus specifically on the present.

 

 

Are there Different Types of Meditation?

 

 

There are many types of meditation, serving different purposes and functions. Some may teach the participant to sit and think of nothing while others offer different breathing techniques or even prescribe holding different body positions. A basic premise used by many branches of Meditation is to establish different relationships with our own thoughts; watching the thoughts from almost a 3rd party perspective, which offers a somewhat more stable perspective.

 

The first of four types of Meditation we will share is referred to as Transcendental Meditation. This method teaches participants to sit in a quiet place to self reflect and ponder (rumination). The amount of time could be as short as 15 minutes during a lunch break or for hours; as long as it feels safe and calm. This method offers an overall relaxation of the mind and body.

 

The second branch is referred to as Zen Meditation. Zen teaches the subject to refrain from rumination, closing the mind to images and thoughts. Zen also prescribes different positions the body may hold during meditation.

 

One type of meditation offers a more active approach, allowing the subject to physically move around. Mindful Meditation teaches a specific awareness towards the things in life we have control over. An example would be, while preparing food or even eating it, one should analyze the food’s purpose or role for us. One could assume that we would derive an underlying appreciation for these things within our control.

 

The last method we will share ironically is said to be the oldest type of meditation. Used in China and India, Taoist Meditation works directly with the flow of breath in the nostrils and the expansion and contraction of the abdomen. This is believed to create a circulation of our inner energy known as “DeChi”.

 

So now that you are informed, when we offer guided mediations you will know the types and purposes of each.

 

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