Which Meditation Technique is Best for You?

According to Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH): Meditation techniques give our minds a single focus that allows us to slow racing thoughts and lull it into a calm, healing-receptive state.  The three types of meditation techniques described below, are proven to be conducive to health and healing when used regularly.

Though there are literally hundreds of meditation techniques, this blog series will focus on a few popular techniques for the beginning mediator. To find out which technique is best for you, consider trying each for a full week.  Make note of how you feel before and after each meditation session as well as the duration of each practice.  At the end of your trial, review your notes to determine which type of meditation was your ‘Best Fit’.  By choosing a meditation technique you enjoy, you’ll be more motivated to practice and include it as an essential part of your holistic wellness plan. Which meditation style resonates with you?  Read on to learn about Mantra meditation…and check back weekly to learn more.

 

Mantra Meditation

Ideal for individuals who learn best by speaking or listening to lessons, a Mantra Meditation involves the silent repetition of a sound such as “Om”, or a letter, word, or phrase.  Traditional Mantras are believed to possess an energetic quality conducive to quieting the mind and were held in secrecy, handed down from teacher to student only.  A Mantra meditation can also be unspoken, with focus on the sound of your breath, which is always available to you.  The intention of Mantra Meditation is to help clear the mind, let go worries and allow your body/mind to deeply relax.  The practice of Mantra meditation, whether spoken or not, will naturally focus your attention inward, slow your breathing, and help you calm tumultuous or worrisome thoughts and emotions.

 

Walking Meditation

 

What is Walking Meditation?

Your secret sanctuary on stressful days. Ideal for individuals with high, or those who feel restless or drowsy during seated meditation, Walking Meditation is most enjoyable when done outside in a park or natural setting.  With your arms relaxed and by your sides, focus your eyes about 6 feet in front of you.  Bring your attention to your feet and mentally note the sensations of each foot lifting, moving and then reconnecting back to the earth.  Practice this process for a minimum of 10-15 minutes daily. When you notice your mind drifting, take a deep breath, bring your attention back to your feet, and begin again. Like Mantra Meditation, Walking Meditation serves to quiet the mind and offer multiple health benefits. With practice, it can become your secret sanctuary on stressful days and one you’ll look forward to integrating into daily activities.

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Mantra Meditation, what is it and it is good for me?