Meditation Techniques

Meditation Techniques

With a practice that has been around as long as meditation has, it seems almost inevitable that a large variety of different approaches to the practice would have developed, and indeed, they did. Meditation is believed to have originated more than 5,000 years ago and was originally practiced by shamans and spiritual leaders. The practice eventually grew in popularity and was adopted by a number of different religions, many of which still have prominence today. Yet, the benefits of meditation were so vast that it eventually came to be integrated into mainstream culture, void of any religious implications. This has made the practice of meditation accessible and beneficial to everyone.

Yet, as the practice progressed it has taken on several different meanings and techniques. Rather than one technique simply replacing an older version, the various techniques that developed gained prominence alongside their older, more traditional counterparts. This means that several different approaches and techniques currently exist in regards to how meditation should be viewed and carried out. This following pages and articles aim to shed light on these various meditation techniques so that one can decide for themselves which method provides what they are looking to gain.

While methods and approaches to meditation vary, the goal of meditation remains essentially the same. This goal is to remove one from the instinctive, reflexive ways of thinking that most people adopt throughout their lives and move to a state of deeper relaxation and contemplation. Traditionally, this deeper state of relaxation and contemplation was intended to help one build a closer relationship to a supreme being. Throughout time it has also developed as a means to provide better understanding of position and purpose in the world around us.

While the overall goal of most methods of meditation seem obvious, the way in which one gets to this state and what one does with this new found clarity is where the vast variation comes into place. Some techniques profess very specific postures and breathing techniques to achieve its goals. Others are more flexible and offer simple guidelines in which the person follows to find their own path to mental clarity and relaxation. We feel it is important to gain a full understanding of the various techniques often associated with meditation and then adopt the method that coincides with what you are looking to achieve.

The various meditation techniques also very a great deal into how deeply the practice is incorporated into ones lifestyle. For example, a person who simply seeks relaxation and clarity is likely going to have much less invested than someone who is looking to connect with a supreme being through the practice. Yet, one should not underestimate the benefits that even limited doses of meditation can have on ones life. It is our goal to shed light on all the various levels of meditative practice that currently exist so that you can make an informed decision as to which method is likely to bring you’re the greatest benefits.

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