We know that meditation is calming, changes brain chemistry and promotes feelings of positivity, optimism and happiness. However, meditation helps us tap into unlimited creativity. We have forgotten the innate creativity within us because our minds and hearts have been consumed by stress, anxiety and expectations. We are like the blinkered horse, as we walk through life shrouded in toil and anguish, refusing to accept the vastness and vastness of the mind. We forget how to use this creativity. We forget our dreams.
Meditation connects us to these dreams, so it should be established as a regular practice if we want to reawaken and rekindle our creativity and get those juices flowing. So what is the best way to meditate? Let’s discuss below the methods that will work best with our personality.
There are many ways to meditate, although the techniques overlap. There is no single way to do this. You have to do your own research and then decide which format works best for you. Maybe try a few before zeroing in on the final option.
1. Mindfulness Meditation
This is probably the most popular form commercialized by big brand meditation gurus who charge thousands of dollars in tickets to attend their retreats. They teach us mindfulness, which is the art of being present, in the moment. The present moment is your only reality, past and future are like luminous bubbles. If you reach out to touch them, pop, they explode! The present is what you can perceive through your five senses, and the art of mindfulness is paying attention to the experiences you feel. What do your eyes see? Does it evoke fear or attraction? What is this that you touch? Does it excite you or scare you? The smells around you, do they make you feel relaxed or stressed? Meditation in his Brass Pieces helps you touch base with all these emotions and then move beyond them. If you combine these mindfulness techniques with yoga, the benefits are doubled.
2. Mantra meditation or chanting of switch words
It is really a very effective form of concentration practice that uses specific words or phrases to stop stray thoughts from polluting our mind. Mantras can be seed sounds or bijakshars, such as Om, Kalim, Hareem, Gam or they can be whole phrases such as Om Namha Shivaya. You can simply use the divine as a powerful chant to stabilize the mind. Make sure to wear loose clothing and then keep your spine straight to begin the mantra. Chants can be recited out loud, whispered or meditated upon in silence. Once you lose yourself in chanting, you’ll find that the disturbing thoughts that plague your mind are gone.
3. Transcendental Meditation
This form of meditation was created in India by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and has seen great success all over the world. It is basically a mantra meditation done in silence and is said to help reach higher states of consciousness, promote heart health and lower blood pressure. The Beatles were followers of Transcendental Meditation and did much to validate the practice and spread it across the seven seas. This technique involves the use of a silent chant in the mind and is practiced for 20 minutes a day. Proponents swear by its usefulness as a self-development tool.
4. Guided meditation
This meditation is a focused practice in which you listen to the therapist’s voice while they help you create mental pictures of scenarios that make you feel calm and peaceful. As you visualize yourself with a babbling brook, sunbeams peeking through the treetops, birds chirping, you are instantly transported to this serene environment. This form uses imagination as a powerful tool to access altered states of emotional flow.
5. Meditation on kindness and compassion
It is similar to prayers where we direct our positive intentions towards others. With focus, we send them healing and wish them happiness and peace. This helps us reduce our suffering, because when we send out good intentions, we are raising our own vibration.
6. Action meditation
This form of meditation is perfect for those who cannot sit still. Traditional Chinese systems of qigong and tai chi are also taught, as well as yoga and dance. Osho was a proponent of dance meditation and is said to have been inspired by the whirling dervishes of Sufism. When you are moving your body, to move or hold a position, it is best to do it in conjunction with meditative awareness. The senses that are within, can we identify them? Can we clean them up?
This form of meditation originated in India and is rapidly gaining acceptance throughout the world. Vipassana literally means feeling things as they are and is a practice that is 2500 years old. Vipassana is what gave rise to mindfulness meditation in the West. This is an 11-day silent retreat where the practitioner aims to transform through self-observation. When a part of the body is uncomfortable, and we focus on the physical sensations, we are strengthening the deep connection between mind and body. This relationship fosters a sense of interconnectedness with all and promotes love and kindness.
8. Chakra meditation
Chakras are the energy peaks in our body and the word translates to wheel. These energy centers hold our life force and if they are depleted we are unable to function effectively in the world. There are seven chakras, starting at the base of the spine and going up to the crown of the head. Each chakra has a seed sound and color and during chakra meditation, we visualize each chakra, sound out its seed and meditate on its corresponding color. We can use the crystal and hold it on the chakra as we focus our attention on each one.
This is an ancient technique called Tratak and it originated in India. The practice is simple and highly effective. Keep your eyes open and focus on the candle flame. Deepen the room and wear loose clothing keeping your spine straight. Your eyes will hurt when you start this practice, but be consistent and you will see incredible benefits. You can also use crystals to see. Just don’t blink!
I hope you find a perfect fit in one or two of the meditation techniques discussed here, but no matter which style you choose, the key to success is consistency. You have to do this every day, never stop. If many of these techniques resonate with you, try one particular technique, stick with it for 11 days, and then try another. Once you’ve tried them all, you can make an informed decision. Happy meditation!
This article is written by Tina Mukherjee, a spirit guide working with astrology, tarot, psychism, yoga, tantra, breathwork and mantras. She works to discover hereditary signs by studying astrological charts.