4 Types of Meditation that Will Quickly Improve Your Health and Peace of Mind
A regular meditation practice brings with it many benefits, such as increased brain density, a boost in connections between neurons, decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety, improved clarity of thought, and an increase in endorphins that affect mood. Surprisingly to many, the advantages of meditation extend beyond the brain, and published studies have shown it can improve physical functioning and vitality, decrease chronic disease risks, and enhance overall quality of life.
Similar to physical exercise, there are different methods that you can try as you build up your meditation practice and find a style that best fits you. Below is an image that explains four types of meditation that you can consider. Some, such as the qigong method, may require additional resources such as a good guided meditation audio track, for example Qi Gong: Moving Meditation with Lee Holden, or a simple instructional book, for example Yang Jwing-Ming’s Qigong Meditation.
1.Zen frees the mind by sitting all attention on an object through many different seated positions and breathing techniques. The goal of Zen is to separate you from ego and all negative stimulants
2.This technique focuses on paying attention to one’s current state and truly focusing on present moment,eliminating the anxiety and fretting that can plague the unfocused mind.
3.This technique is usually practice while standing and utilizes concentrated breathing basic hand movements and physical exercises to calm the mind.
4.This technique relies on oral repetition of a sound, sentence, or series of words with positive personal significance.The mantra is often recited for each bead on strand of mala beads to help keep track of repetitions.
But for many of us, finding a quiet space where we can close the eyes, practice some breathing exercises, or repeat a mantra in our head, is an ideal place to start. As you become more practiced at meditation, you will likely notice significant improvements in your energy, health and mental/emotional balance. Enjoy!
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