This article includes 10 proven meditations you should try.
If you’re new to meditation, it’s best to start with a simple practice like mindfulness or visualisation. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, you can try other types of meditation to find the one that works best for you. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to meditate. The most important thing is to be patient and consistent with your practice. Start with 5 minutes per day and gradually increase the amount of time you meditate as it feels comfortable for you. With regular practice, you’ll soon notice the benefits of meditation in your life!
Here’s one way to practice mindfulness of breath if you find it difficult to quieten the mind.
1. Sit comfortably with your spine straight. You can sit on a chair, on the floor, or on a yoga mat.
2. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
3. Focus your attention on your breath. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply.
4. As you breathe, count each inhale and exhale. Start with 1 and count up to 10. Then start over again at 1.
5. If your mind wanders, simply bring your focus back to your breath and start counting again from 1.
6. Continue for 5-10 minutes or longer if you like.
7. To end, open your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
8. Make sure you sit for a minute or two before standing up to avoid dizziness.
Here’s 10 proven meditations you should try.
1. Guided meditation: This type of meditation involves following along with a recorded guided meditation, which can be led by a teacher or another practitioner.
2. Body scan meditation: This type of meditation involves focusing your attention on different parts of your body, starting from your toes and moving up to your head. As you focus on each part of your body, notice any sensations you feel, such as tension, relaxation, warmth, or tingling.
3. Mindfulness meditation: This type of meditation involves focusing your attention on the present moment, without judgment. You can focus on your breath, on sounds around you, or on physical sensations.
4. Loving-kindness meditation: This type of meditation involves sending positive thoughts and wishes to yourself and others.
5. Visualisation meditation: This type of meditation involves creating a mental image of a peaceful place or experience.
6. Mantra meditation: This type of meditation involves repeating a word or phrase, such as “om” or “peaceful.”
7. Transcendental Meditation: This type of meditation uses a specific mantra and is practiced for 20 minutes twice per day.
8. Qigong: This Chinese practice combines movement, breath work, and visualization.
9. Tai chi: This Chinese practice involves slow, flowing movements and is often described as “meditation in motion.”
10. Yoga: This practice involves physical postures, breath work, and meditation. Different types of yoga vary in their focus, intensity, and pace.
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