You’ve heard it before, you have to start meditating. It might sound cliché but the reason you keep hearing it over and over again is because it works. Meditation is a powerhouse when it comes to improving your physical, mental and spiritual health.
While it does take some time and practice to fully harness the benefits, there are several types of meditation that are ideal for beginners looking to embark on a new spiritual journey.
A popular form of meditation that many beginners (and experts) use to bring calmness to their mind and body is the Body Scan meditation. This is the process of bringing attention to all areas of your body, one-by-one, and alleviating the stress, tension and negativity that may be harboring in those areas.
You start by bringing your full attention to your head, focusing on letting go of any bad vibes and tension before moving down to your neck; your shoulders; your arms, so on and so forth. Body scan meditation is a type of meditation that anyone can do, making it an awesome choice of meditation for beginners.
With a name like that, you just can’t go wrong. Loving-kindness meditation, also known as Metta meditation, is a type of meditation that allows you to bring forth love, compassion and kindness into all avenues of your life. It can be used to find forgiveness for others, to overcome personal traumas and difficulties, or to alleviate stress.
Mindfulness meditation is amazing because you can do it anywhere! You don’t need a fancy meditation pillow (though, it helps) or a calming space, and it teaches you how to be in the present moment by eliminating distractions and focusing on what’s around you.
To do mindfulness meditation, you just have to notice the things around you – things you would simply look at or hear. For example, mindfulness meditation can be done while you’re walking through the forest; pay attention to the colors of the leaves, the birds chirping in the distance; the sound of the wind or ground crunching under your feet. It’s one of the easiest types of meditation and an incredibly enjoyable one too!
Kundalini yoga is yoga but it is a form of active meditation that combines the core elements of meditation, such as mantras and deep breathing, into physical movements. As a bonus, you also reap the benefits of doing exercise – a toned body, improved physical stretch, pain reduction, a decrease in anxiety and depression, etc.
Most people choose to start Kundalini Yoga with a yoga instructor, whether it be at a yoga studio or online, as it requires specific steps and execution of such. However, with a quick search, you can find many amazing and free yoga classes online.
Bringing awareness to your breath is one of the easiest types of meditation, and one that allows you to reap the benefits of meditation as a whole. Throughout breath awareness meditation (also known as Vipassana meditation), you learn how to slow down your breathing by counting your breaths and focusing on each inhale and exhale. By doing so, you learn how to calm your mind and body, making this type of meditation great for reducing anxiety and negative feelings.
It might sound cliché but meditation is all you need to achieve a lot of things in your life. With the right type of meditation, you can bring forth all the energy you need to embark on a new spiritual journey.
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