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How to Meditate

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Before you begin.

The first thing you need to put some thought into is "Why are you wanting to meditate?" This is a question many forget to ask and just jump in for a multitude of reasons. But let me tell you why the "WHY" is so important. Intent within meditation is crucial not only for the meditation you choose but also the way you align your mind to the experience. If you choose a sleep aid meditation and you are really looking for a spiritual awakening experience you have already muted the experience and will be frustrated with mixed results.

 

Types of Meditations

There are three main types of meditations and in these three groups there are many sub groups to break it down further all depending on what you are looking for. Most people will start with Guided Meditation as this will take a lot of the guesswork out of it for you and all you have to do is follow along and allow your focus to be prompted by the presenter.

 

Focused Attention Meditation: This is where your are focusing on a single object, action, sensation, mantra, or voice. This is one of the most common meditations used by beginners and is also used as a guided meditation, and healing. As Well as in the future is the stepping stones for a mindfulness Meditation.

 

Open Monitoring Meditation: Instead of focusing the attention on any one object, we keep it open, monitoring all aspects of our experience without attachment (getting stuck in thought or sensation) and without judgment (not being thrown off by a negative thought that pops up.)

 

Effortless Presence: This is one of the more difficult meditation practices, and can take some years to master.  At this level you are not focused on anything in particular, quiet, empty, steady. At this level some refer to it as "Choice-less Awareness" or "Pure Being"

Third Party Articles:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0165178113005192

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01083/full

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hbm.23971

No Matter what you choose to practice or find works for you all methods lead to the same place