Discovering Meditation for Beginners
Discovering the best meditation for beginner’s starts with the questions, what are your intentions, and what are the motivations that set you on the path to learn how to meditate?
Is a motivation to reduce stress? Are you looking for more happiness in your life or in your relationships, maybe you’re seeking either physical or emotional healing?
Perhaps, what you want to discover are answers to the ‘big questions;’ questions like, “Who am I?” or “What is the nature of reality?”
By asking yourself these questions and discovering what your motivations are, you can embrace them, because there is no right or wrong answer and by being honest with yourself it will be easier to follow your heart, to discover the type of meditation that fits you best.
What are the Different Types of Meditations for Beginners?
So what are the different types Meditation? The first category or type of meditation is open monitoring or mindfulness meditation, best described as the practice of presence or the quality of being in harmony with the present moment.
The practice of mindfulness meditation starts by focusing your attention on your breath, paying attention on purpose in this present moment, around the qualities of acceptance (non-judgment) and compassion.
Mindfulness is not a religion, though the practice can be found in all religious traditions. However, mindfulness is most closely associated with Buddhism, because the teachings of the Buddha are very clear and comprehensive on this subject.
The second category is concentration, which is focused attention on an emotion, such as lovingkindness, or an object, like a candle or a mandala.
Developing concentration is so important to the practice of meditation that it’s one of the eight limbs of Yoga, known as Dharana. And in many spiritual traditions, concentration is taught as a primary meditative practice which can lead to Samadhi (absorption) where the separate sense of self disappears.
The third category is inner self-awareness, a technique that transcends the activity of the mind. This is a mantra based technique that has its origins in the ancient wisdom traditions of India.
The Sanskrit term Mantra, has been variously translated as ‘mental device’ or ‘mind protection,’ and is referred to as an instrument of the mind.
Mantras are sounds without a meaning that might, otherwise, capture your attention and start a train of thoughts. The mantra, not its meaning, is the object of attention; examples would be the sound of a bell or the rushing of a waterfall.
In the end what is the best meditation for you?
In the end the best meditation for beginners, is the one that you most resonate with, the one you are drawn too. The more you feel yourself aligned with a particular form of meditation, the more likely you are to practice, and it’s only through practice that you will experience the benefits you’re looking for, the benefits that brought you here in the first place.
It should be noted, all of the traditional meditation techniques have a beginners practice, and if you want to learn about how to practice them or what specific benefits they offer, then explore Tommyjis Place.