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There are several types of meditation from varying perspectives, focuses, religious, spiritual and conscious levels. Here are a few meditations to learn to heal to find stillness and happiness.
All may learn the techniques described here from Cilica with or without having to be spiritual or religious. The methods are a perspective and may be learnt by all.
You may approach a combination of techniques or a singular one; beginners to masters welcome. Meditation is practised with eyes closed or open.
Simply BE meditation is to live in a state of perpetual enlightenment of ‘be still, be nothing’; a meditative state entirely lucid 24/7. Your cognitive skills, senses, intuitive nature become heightened to where you can choose rather than rely on what is presented to you. Meditation is practices with your eyes open. Developed by Cilica, who was born with a meditative wisdom.
Zazen / Zen – is the study of the self; forget the self is to recognise the unity of the self and the universe around us. Seated meditation in where you return to the same ‘seat’ meditation again and again. The mind, body and breath are one. You may practise with your eyes closed or open.
Soto Zen / Serene Reflection – Know and live from the Unborn, the Buddha Nature within ourselves and all things. We have an intuitive knowledge, a Buddha Nature, meditation is not a means to an end but rather a harmonization of oneself with the source of compassion, love and wisdom.
Here the focus is for you to relax, heal and rejuvenate your physical body while relaxing your mind. You commonly focus on a practitioner’s guiding voice who begins on a focal point on your body.
While following the instructions, relaxation becomes deeper, energy blockages and chakras may clear. You find yourself in a deeply relaxing form of sleep. Practiced seated or reclined position.
There are three steps and five stages to Yoga Meditation involved centring yourself after Hatha yogasana or during the yogasana. Both include a focus on the prana/energy through the breath, concentration and meditation to clear the mind to move deeper into self. Primarily practices with eyes closed, but eyes open is also beneficial.
Walking / Movement
Often taught as a supplementary meditation to being seated, movement/walking meditation is slow and methodical in where you become aware of sensations, breath, gaze and focus to be in a meditative state.
Buddhism, Yoga & Taoist practice movement meditation. A form of meditation auspicious for you to being in a state of meditative enlightenment 24/7.
Sitting with the self: drawing on your five, six or eleven senses with eyes closed you connect with the rhythm of your heartbeat, breath and thoughts. You progress through each and end with full appreciation of your senses.
Some as in Vipassana meditation is to be mindful of all senses together; other forms withdraw from the senses to be one with your internal god called Pratyahara.
In the Christian tradition, the goal of contemplative practices is a moral purification and deeper understanding of the Bible with a closer intimacy with God/Christ.
Contemplative prayer silent repetition of sacred words with a focus on devotion. Contemplative reading involves thinking deeply about the teachings of God. “Sitting with God” a quiet meditation, in which you focus your mind, heart and soul on the presence of God
The aim is to generate within your heart and mind feelings of love and benevolence. You develop a loving-kindness towards yourself, then progressively towards others and all beings.
You may reciting specific words that evoke the “boundless love within your heart”, visualise others and sending love, happiness, good health and peace.
This meditation is to build concentration, focus, clarity and memory – ultimately the awareness of the self and what is around you. You may concentrate on a thought, place, person, sensations / body, thing or universe. Here you manifest clarity Three variations – Tratak is to concentrate on a candle flame, Vipassana focuses on physical sensations of your body, and Zazen focuses on the physical breath.
Mantra – Sound
Mantra meditation as in Yoga focuses on a sound mantra-like OM/AUM, created sounds or tone to concentrate your mind into a calm state. A religious choir uses the song words in much the same manner.
The sound may be either chanted continually aloud or in your mind as Transcendental Meditation is known for, or strung out like a drone. The sound vibrates causing your senses, energies to balance the mind and body for deep healing, relaxation and an elevating meditation.
Energy/healing meditation is used to clear your body and mind of energy blockages, illnesses or disease, connect with the higher consciousness, revitalise, protect and ground. Visualise and draw on your senses to heal is powerful. You direct the energy balancing through your physical self, or your mind or both.
You direct your energy through your body, hands or chakras – Buddhist and Indian energy centres. You choose the direct you want to gain perspective, alignment, balance and healing as you need.