This guide is the culmination of a lifetime of passionate practice, research and study into the great art of meditation. Below you will find a list of the best meditations from across the world, and a list of the profound benefits that each of these great techniques bestow.
One of the most important aspects of meditation is to choose the technique which is right for you. There are literally thousands of different meditation techniques, and finding the one that resonates best with you and is geared towards the goals you are trying to achieve is essential. This guide is designed specifically to help you in that process, by presenting you with the most time-tested meditation techniques and detailing the benefits of each of these great meditations.
Before I jump ahead though, I would like mention that the ultimate purpose of any meditation is Self-Realization. That is the final destination. It is just that along the way to this highest pinnacle, meditation bestows many wonderful side benefits and these benefits can vary depending on which technique you choose to do.
Below are details on which are the best meditation techniques to do, in order to obtain particular results.
#1: So Hum Mantra Meditation
Benefits: Forgiveness, Love, Compassion
Mantra meditation technique is a big part of the philosophy of meditation that comes from the Eastern faiths. It is a technique that has been used for centuries in India, and forms the foundation of many systems of meditation. This meditation method has many variations, some of which can be used to deliver the benefits of Zazen and Trataka mentioned below. The particular mantra meditation technique I want to provide here though, is excellent for any healing of the heart that needs to occur.
If you are suffering from hate, bitterness, loneliness, anger, depression and other negative emotions, then So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique is a great tonic to use. In this meditation, you will use the So-Hum mantra silently to pacify the mind and connect with your divine nature. It will help heal the wounds of the heart and make you feel an indivisible part of the whole.
#2: Zazen: Zen Meditation
Benefits: Peace, Awareness, Detachment
Zen Meditation Technique is the undisputed heavyweight in the world of meditation. It is very likely the most widely practiced meditation technique and is perhaps even the face of meditation. The silent Buddha, sitting cross-legged, eyes slightly open, in this world but yet beyond, immersed in a Singularity is Zazen.
Zazen is essentially seated, silent meditation and excellent for a wide range of benefits. If you don’t know which meditation to try, this should be your default choice. Zazen will help you develop your ability to remain in the moment, mindful of that which is taking place, and free you from the entanglements of ego-centric, dualistic thoughts. It will most certainly help you develop a calm disposition and give you the strength to withstand stressful or upsetting events. In time, this meditation will make you wise, give you access to spontaneous joy and help you develop into a compassionate, loving human being.
Benefits: Mental Focus, Concentration
One common myth about technique is that it is the same as concentration. Really it is not. Concentration is a stepping stone for meditation, but mediation is far more than concentration. In practicing meditation though, one of the clear benefits is a tremendous increase in your powers of concentration and mental focus. Many people are rightly interested in developing this skill, and to do so there is no better meditation than Trataka or Candle Flame Gazing.
In this meditation, you will focus your attention, in a darkened room, on a candle flame and then concentrate on the after image that it leaves behind when you close your eyes. The technique is simple, yet very effective. Along with developing your power of concentration, this meditation will also help calm your mind down and give you inner peace and stillness.
I hope you find the above meditations as useful to you as I have. Meditation is the greatest art of all, as it helps you uncover the greatest truth of all. The truth of the One True God.
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