Why I Love Meditation
I was always drawn to meditation because of the benefits. To know that you can gain control of your mind is encouraging. I've been especially interested in the Buddhist tradition because of its focus on meditation and enlightenment. I like to take time to quiet my mind because it’s always running all over the place. There are many ways to meditate, not just sitting and closing your eyes. I used to go to a Buddhist monastery and meditate with a group of people. That was a cool experience. There’s something about being in a group that makes you feel united and calm. But I also like to meditate alone. Here are eight types of meditation that you can try:
Breathing Meditation: In breathing meditation, you are sitting, with your legs crossed if you choose, and focusing on your breath. You should place one hand on your stomach and one on your heart and feel your stomach expand with each breath. This meditation is to get present and relax and help calm anxiety. You can start doing three minutes and gradually increase
Visualization Meditation: Visualization meditation is visualizing a serene place or fond memory and being present with it for a few minutes. I like to visualize myself in the forest and by the creek. It brings me peace. It’s a temporary escape from reality and will soothe you
Mantra Meditation: Mantra meditation is reciting a phrase or mantra over and over to bring the mind calm. For example, you could say “May I be happy, may I be well.” or “love, serenity.” Repeating the phrase helps you to center yourself.
Singing or Dancing Meditation: Ah. My favorite meditation. Singing and dancing in my room helps me to be present with myself and I really enjoy it. If singing and dancing isn’t your thing, you could replace it with another activity that you enjoy.
Cleaning Meditation: Mindfulness is being present in the moment and bringing you back when you start to drift away. You can do a mindful cleaning. Feeling the sponge against your hand or mop on the floor. Or mindfully washing the dishes. Feeling the soap on your hands and water and the hardness of the dish.
Guided Meditation: Guided meditation is great if you want someone to guide you through. They have guided meditations on YouTube for anxiety, fear, connecting with yourself. They’re very soothing and relaxing.
Gratitude Meditation: This is where you meditate on what you're grateful for. Just think about the things you’re thankful for and focus on that. It will give you a happy feeling.
Walking Meditation: This is when you walk slowly and focus on how your feet feel on the ground and every step.
When starting meditation, you have to be patient because it takes time. Practice makes perfect. I meditate a few times a week. It helps me to collect my thoughts.Meditation takes time. You won’t see results overnight but it’s worth it to try some of these types of meditation so you can gain practice. Try them when you have some free time.