Meditation exercises help in increasing focus and awareness. It helps us to connect our soul with the physical body and mind and thus opens the doors to knowledge, wisdom, and wellness. The most powerful way to meditate and achieve your goals is by focusing on your breathing. There are some common breathing techniques that are incorporated in meditation and these include:
PranayamaIt is considered to be an exact science and its primary focus lies in regulation of your breathing or controlling of Prana. This is done by stopping inhalation and exhalation. By controlling your inspiratory and expiratory breathing, you can control your subtle prana, which translates into controlling your mind. Controlling your mind through Pranayama will help you to remove the impurities in your body. In order to succeed in Pranayama meditation, you will need to practice it regularly in a solitary and pleasant spot, where you will be far from external disturbances.
People often ask teachers, "What are the benefits of meditation?" It was once the sole province of monks, it is now the domain of the public.
There are a million forms of meditation in the
world, but if you went around the world
taking photographs of people meditating
many of them would look quite similar.
Why? Because there are some basic
elements of the meditation posture
that are employed across the globe
in order to calm the mind and
align the body.
Benefits of Meditation
How then can we define spirituality? Is it truly a religious off shoot? Does it have links with the occult? Does it even exist?
What is the Breath of Life? Its Effect on Your Well-Being
Diaphragmatic breathing is different than pranayama. Breathing is known to be connected to our autonomic nervous system as well as the mind. Hence, you need to consciously practice diaphragmatic breathing during early mornings and prior to sunset. In this type of breathing, you will need to ensure that there is no pause between inhalation and exhalation or vice-versa. You need to breathe slowly and smoothly.
Mindfulness breathing is a Buddhist technique. It primary aim is to help you focus on your own breathing. The concept is to focus on your breathing as you breathe in-and-out and this is known as mindfulness-of-breathing. Focusing on breathing will help you to develop concentration. Initially, most people are unable to focus on their breathing and in such a scenario, counting the breaths can be helpful.
Other Meditation Techniques and Exercises
There are several meditation exercises that you can practice in order to create a balance between your mind, body, and soul.
Two of them are called Samatha and Vipassana and are the basis to deepen your meditation experience and its power.
Once you have trained yourself with them, you have also the possibility to practice through most of your actions in daily life. I like to call it “Life Practice Meditation” and it is an easy meditation technique.
Some of the other common and powerful meditation techniques that you can practice include Tibetan Buddhist Mahamudra and Dzogchen meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Zen Meditation, Tai Chi Meditation, and Kundalini.
Meditation and mindfulness practice covers a large and diverse spectrum of activity, from simple stress management to the quest for spiritual enlightenment. What I want to do in this article is outline five stages of meditation practice that covers this whole spectrum of meditative activity in a summarized but hopefully practical format.
These five stages are perennial in nature. That is to say that they are common to all traditions of meditation, eastern or western. In any particular tradition (Buddhist, Kaballistic, Hundu, Christian etc..) the particular form and explanation differs, but these stages exist just the same.
Chakra Breathing Meditation
Chakra Meditation focuses on breathing energy through the chakras. There are seven chakras in our body, including:
Root chakra on the base of spine
Sacral chakra situated in the lower abdomen
Solar plexus chakra situated in the solar plexus
Heart chakra located at the chest center
Throat chakra in the throat
Third Eye chakra located at the forehead center
Crown chakra at the top of the skull or head
The Chakra breathing will assist in and improve the flow of energy in and out of your body through the various chakras located in the different parts of your body. Breathing while putting your awareness over each chakra will create harmony and balance positive energy flow in your body thus keeping you healthy physically and emotionally.
Relax and Let go
Now you are probably wondering what kind of easy meditation technique I am talking about and if it is really as easy as it sounds. The fact of the matter is that this meditation technique consists of multiple layers, and you can focus on one layer a day or all of them. You can even pick one of the layers and focus that for a month. Each layer of this easy meditation technique can be practiced for 5 minutes or 20 minutes or even more depending on your level of comfort.