Any activities that one performs which helps to slow down the pace of the active mind and brings one to a calm and peaceful state, can be considered a meditation practice. It may be physical exercise like yoga and stretching or even a simple as spending time out in a garden or listening to music. The trick is to be always present and mindful of any and every activity that you are performing.
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Meditation (dhyana) is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, sound or on a word or phrase known in Sanskrit as Mantra. Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.
The belief that meditation is the art of silencing the mind, often leads to a sense of failure and consequently abandoning the practice. It is true that a feeling of calm and a quieter mind is sometimes a result, but the purpose of meditation is not to calm the mind or yourself. Simply observe the mind to see what is happening within. It is the nature of the mind to keep generating thoughts, endlessly. Our mind spins stories about our work, family, finances, health, etc., and has the tendency to get stuck in conditioned patterns of thinking, returning again and again to thoughts of anxiety, depression and limitation.
Types of Meditations
There is no right or wrong way to use meditation, but in order to get any benefit, you’ll need to know both the technique as well as the type of meditation that is right for you. Researchers are only in the early stages of determining the neural correlates of specific meditative practices, but the subtype of meditation that you chose will have different effects on the brain.
To decide what type of meditation you like best, I recommend doing some experimentation. You may want to try one particular type for 10 days, and if you don’t really like it, try another type.
Guided Imagery Meditation
Guided imagery, sometimes known as “guided visualization”, is a safe and powerful technique that can be used for healing, stress relief and personal development.
In our modern era, guided visualization and guided meditation is used in many ways, from therapeutic treatment that enhances healing, for deep relaxation, for experiencing a deeper spiritual connection, for accessing the subconscious mind or for unleashing one’s full potential. Almost any aspect of one’s life can be improved by the use of positive imagery.