There are so many different types of meditation you can practice. With the holiday season in full swing and the long untouched wedding checklist just waiting for you to tackle, sits patiently on your dining room table, it is hard to find the time to calm down and relax. The goal here is to relieve your stress and fast. So, how many meditation techniques are there? A lot and it is up to you to find the right one to fit your needs. I want to share with you 5 simple practices for relieving stress quickly during this hectic time period.
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1. Observing your breath. Is a meditation technique as simple as paying attention to your breath. Relax in whatever position works best for you, preferably laying down with your palms open and facing up. Close your eyes and start to pay attention to your breathing. Breathing through your nose gets your diaphragm involved and gets oxygen all the way to the bottom of your lungs. As your mind wanders, just re-focus your attention on the air going in and out of your nose. Do this for several minutes, and increase the length of time as you become more comfortable.
2. Empty your mind meditation. Meditating can create an “awareness without objection,” it can release all of the random thoughts that goes through your mind. The technique for doing this involves sitting still, often in a “full lotus” or cross-legged position, and letting the mind go silent on its own. It can be difficult, particularly since any effort seems to just cause more random thoughts in the mind. The goal is to observe these random thoughts and let them pass. Keep doing this and they will slowly disappear.
3. Walking meditation. This one gets the body moving in trance like state and it can be performed anytime and anywhere, I prefer to do this type of meditation while hiking or just taking a scenic stroll. Pay attention to the movement of your legs, your breath and your body as you walk, feel your feet connecting to Mother Earth. Feel the energy penetrating through the bottom of your feet all the way to the tip of your head. When your mind wanders, just keep bringing it back to the process of walking and breathing. Meditating outside can be difficult sometimes because of the never-ending distractions all around us, but with practice you will be able to do this meditation even in the middle of Time Square in New York City!
4. Mindfulness meditation. A practice Buddhists call vipassana or insight meditation, mindfulness is the art of becoming deeply aware of what is here now. You focus on what’s happening in and around you at this very moment, and become aware of all the thoughts and feelings that are taking your energy from moment to moment. You can start by watching your breath, and then move your attention to the thoughts going through your mind, the feelings in your body, and even the sounds and sights around you. The key is to watch without judging or analyzing again, my favorite line, become the observer.
5. Simple mantra meditation. Many people find it easier to keep their mind from wandering if they concentrate on something specific. A mantra can help. This is a word or phrase you repeat as you sit in meditation. The exact words you decide to use are all up to you. It does not matter how you decide to repeat your mantra you can either repeat it aloud or in your head as you meditate.
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There are many other meditations you can try, such as the “meditation on loving-kindness” or “object” meditation, and even meditating using brain wave entrainment products, another one of my favorite techniques. Each type has its own advantages and effects. For this reason, you may find that at different times and for different purposes you want to use several different types of meditation.