Meditation isn’t a one-size-fits-all practice; it’s like a buffet offering different techniques. In this blog post, we will delve into the intricacies of 3 BEST meditation techniques, and their benefits.
Each method, such as THE BREATHING TECHNIQUE, provides a unique approach to achieving mindfulness and relaxation.
Breathing technique involves observing your breath to bringing your mind to a specific point in your body, often referred to as the “center of the body” or the “home of the mind”. It’s like finding a place of retreat and rest for your mind, just like your physical body has a home.
While scientifically this point is said to be two finger widths above the navel, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t feel it exactly there. The most important thing is to feel comfortable and relaxed during your meditation practice.
The breathing technique offers numerous benefits for both body and the mind. By focusing on the breath, we activate the body’s relaxation response, reducing stress and anxiety.
Equally crucial is THE MANTRA METHOD, involving the repetitive internal recitation of specific words to liberate the mind from any concerns and to foster relaxation.
This technique employs phrases such as “Clear and Bright” or the well-known Thai Mantra “Samma Arahang”, meaning “the right path to the purest state of the mind”. It’s akin to guiding the mind toward the correct route for achieving mental purity and cultivating inner peace. Utilizing phrases like “Hakuna Matata” (meaning “no worries”) or motivational affirmations such as “YOU CAN DO IT” can also contribute to achieving the desired state of relaxation during meditation.
However, it’s crucial to avoid words that may distract or evoke emotions related to specific events, as these can divert attention from the pursuit of inner peace. For instance, using a phrase like “You are Amazing” might inadvertently lead to memories of unappreciative moments and disrupt the meditation session.
Now, let’s explore the third effective meditation technique: THE VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUE. As the name suggests, this method involves visualizing specific images to guide the mind and enhance its control. Our minds naturally gravitate towards various images from the past, present, and future. Meditation provides a means of gaining control over these mental wanderings, aiming to bring the mind to a standstill and foster focus.
In this technique, the emphasis is on focusing on a particular object, preferably a spherical one like the sun, full moon, or a crystal ball. While visualizing something beautiful, like yourself, might seem appealing, it’s essential to avoid distractions. Thoughts about changing your hair color or choosing the perfect lipstick shade can lead the mind astray. The recommendation is to fixate the attention on a spherical object, preventing the mind from wandering into different scenarios and ensuring it remains focused and still.
Therefore, I invite YOU to Join “The Mind Stories Session with WPI“ every Monday and Thursday at 7 PM Thailand Time, an initiative by the World Peace Initiative. Let someone guide you through these techniques and discover what works best for you.
Whether you prefer the simplicity of focused breathing, the creativity of visualization, or the rhythmic harmony of a mantra, there’s a meditation technique that aligns with your unique journey toward inner peace. So, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and embark on your meditation journey today.