In high school, I began to learn about Eastern religions, primarily focusing on Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism. One thing all of those have in common is meditation. Most people know what meditation is, but if you do not, I got you. Roughly, it is a practice someone focuses on their mind and consciousness for a somewhat holistic benefit. This practice can be done by yourself (if you are comfortable with that), in a classroom (depending on where you live), and my personal favorite, through a guided meditation online. Check out Youtube, there are a ton of amazing ones to choose from.
Some of you are probably thinking, “what benefits could sitting there in silence really do for me?”. Hold the phone, let me tell you! This list could go on forever, if you are interested in beginning this practice, look it up. It is amazing, and definitely check out some testimonials of people that have been doing it a long time, hell, talk to me! I will tell you all about it! Anyway, a few benefits are…
- reduced stress
- increased ability to focus and provide attention
- increased immunity
- improved sleep
- activates the brain to improve with functions
- lowers blood pressure
- increases serotonin production (makes you happier!!!)
Literally, I could write until I was dead in the ground about the benefits. Those are mainly physical benefits, but the mental benefits are just as amazing. Meditation has been known to really open up a person to their creativity, and can change lives. It is all pretty cool. Depending on what you need, there are a ton of different types of meditations. I am going to briefly introduce you to the three that I am most familiar with, and have practiced before.
Mindfulness: Pretty much your general meditation practice. It is amazing for beginners, and just requires your attention, nothing more, and nothing less. This practice traces back to Buddhism, and is all about you. Mostly dealing with consciousness, which is the primary key to any sort of other meditation that you may eventually branch out into.
Transcendental: Crazy word, I know. This is also great for beginners too though! This is definitely after you have tried out the Mindfulness, because this does require a teeny bit more from you. This will introduce you into Mantras, which are words/phrases/sounds repeated over and over. You have most likely heard of “Om” in your life, and that is exactly what a mantra is. I am about to get real weird on you…these words are chosen because they are supposed to have special powers in Sanskrit. All that is is the second language of Hinduism. So, when you are listening to these sounds, they are doing you good, I promise! This practice originated with Hinduism (duh!), which is the religion I primarily studied, so this is definitely the meditation that I do the most frequent.
Chakra: Hopefully by 2016, we all know what a chakra is. If you do not, they are just energetic centers of the body. You have seven of them spread out from your tailbone to the crown of you head, and all of them have a different meaning. There are meditations that focus on one chakra, or all of them. This is something you can really tailor to your needs, which I think is fantastic. Like Transcendental, there can be sounds involved with this meditation, since it also stems off of Hinduism. There are a ton of different types of this type of meditation, so it really depends on where you get your information, and what kind you are looking into. This is a great combination to do with yoga, so if you are a yogie, get it girl! This is great for physical healing (witchcraft I tell you!), and it actually works. This also is great for energy healing. If you are a spiritual person, then you should look into this. I would personally consider this to be a deeper meditation than the previous two, but who the hell knows, right?
If you have any questions, be sure to leave me a comment down below! I will answer it to the best of my ability (and education)! This is a great way to improve your life, and I definitely hope that you give it a try.