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Benefits and types of meditation | Yogasutram

Meditation is the spiritual sadhana of paying attention to the present moment with an accepting, nonjudgmental disposition. Now know what types of meditation are for you? Remember that the goal isn't to stop thinking or to blank the mind. 

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice in which a person uses a technique, such as mindfulness, to focus on a specific object, thought, or activity to increase focus and awareness. Its practice makes a person mentally clear and provides peace and stability emotionally.

As a simple understanding meditation is a mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus, and awareness. Just as physical exercise works for the body, meditation is an exercise for the mind. This exercise is usually done in a person sitting in a calm position and with eyes closed.

What are the Benefits of Meditation?

Meditation is beneficial for your health in many ways. It makes you physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. By practicing meditation regularly, you can get the following benefits:-

  • Meditation calms your mind and provides relief for mental conditions like anxiety, depression, and despair.
  • Reducing stress is one of the benefits of meditation. It relaxes by controlling the level of cortisol.
  • Regular practice of meditation also reduces the symptoms of anxiety disorders such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, compulsive disorder, etc.
  • Meditation slows down the aging process and helps keep you young.
  • By doing meditation, you remain relaxed, which helps you to sleep well.

What are the Types of Meditation?

Meditation is traditionally divided into three parts-

  1. Sthula Dhyan
  2. Jyoti Dhyan 
  3. Sukshma Dhyan

Sthula Dhyan is done to focus the attention on some material object or type of goddess or deity. When starting meditation, it is possible to do Sthula Dhyan first and then practice Jyoti Dhyan and Sukshma Dhyan. Mooladhara and Brahma darshan are called Jyoti Dhyan and Sambhiabi Mudra and Kundalini Dhyana are called Sukshma Dhyan. Now know which type of meditation is right for you.

What are the main 4 Methods of Meditation?

  1. Drastha or Sakshi Dhyan ( Vision Meditation)
  2. Shravan Dhyan (Listen to Meditation)
  3. Pranayama Dhyan ( Pranayama Meditation)
  4. Bhrikuti Dhyan (Third Eye Meditation)

Drastha or Sakshi Dhyan ( Vision Meditation): We see the world through our eyes. But as soon as our eyes fall on any object, we try to understand it according to the judgments we have in mind about that object. We compare things based on facts and information we have heard, read, and known before. As a result, we cannot accurately assess the reality of the object. Recognizing reality by rejecting judgment and imagination is called mindfulness meditation. Observing and understanding the present with complete awareness is called Drishti Dhyana or Witness Dhyana.

Shravan Dhyan (Listen to Meditation): We hear different sounds from around us through our ears. Hearing and rejecting all sounds near and far is called listening attention. The process of slowly withdrawing all the sounds in the air and listening to the sounds that arise within oneself is called listening meditation. It is only after deep meditation that the 'Nada'  or 'Omn' sound is heard continuously.

Pranayama Dhyan ( Pranayama Meditation): Focus your entire attention on your breath during meditation. From the beginning, after 3 deep breaths, one has to focus on the movement of one's breath, the breath, and the breath. All external sounds and sights are rejected and one observes one's own breath and movement. This is the simplest and primary method of meditation.

Bhrikuti Dhyan (Third Eye Meditation): Focusing the attention on the center of the two eyes is called Vrikuti Dhyana. Vrikuti meditation is the rejection of mental deviations, judgments, and imaginations, and seeing the light in the darkness.

How Do You Start a Meditation Habit?

The best time to meditate is 'Amritavela', that is, 4-5 o'clock in the morning, and 'Numasham', that is, 6-7 o'clock in the evening because at this time there is peace all around and our mind also remains calm. Starting meditation is a good decision but there are some rules to do it.

  • In the beginning, you should avoid meditation for a long time.
  • Do not meditate after meals.
  • Be aware and active.
  • Always meditate in an open environment.

How to do Meditation?

How to do Meditation | Yogasutram

🙂Choose a quiet and open place for meditation: Choose a place where there is no noise of any kind. The peaceful environment makes the meditative experience more blissful, making you feel as if you are in another world. Apart from this, the pure cool air blowing around you and the melodious sound of birds chirping infuse wonderful energy, peace, and love in your mind.

🙂Choose the Right Time: Although there is no regular time to do meditation, but if meditation is done in the morning and evening, then meditation feels better. If you meditate in the morning or evening, then you get a peaceful environment that keeps your mind focused.

🙂Practice Staying Calm and Upright for a While: Close your eyes and sit in peace. While doing meditation, you sit in a comfortable posture, so that you do not have trouble sitting for a long time. However, by sitting on meditation daily, gradually your time to sit meditation will also increase.

🙂Now Slowly Take a Deep Breath: In the beginning, your mind goes here and there, so slowly take deep breaths and try to keep the mind focused. Slowly your mind will be calm and you will get physical relaxation. And then you will be able to control your mind and mind between the two eyes.

🙂Now Focus On Your Breath: Keeping the pattern of inhaling and exhaling, focus your attention on the breath. You have to keep your full attention in the center of both eyes. Deep breathing and exhalation are Nadi shodhana pranayama, which stabilizes the rhythm of breathing and the mind goes into a meditative state by becoming peaceful and focused.

🙂Put a Smile on Your Face: To make the meditation experience even better, keep a gentle smile on your face. After the completion of this method, open your eyes slowly and feel the experience of peace in your mind. A constant gentle smile will make you feel innerly relaxed and peaceful, which deepens your daily meditation experience.

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