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Meditation Techniques

There are a number of meditation techniques for effective meditation.

Different cultures have different mediation techniques, but one thing is certain - meditation is universal. The different techniques are suited to different personality types. While some techniques are concentrative, involving focusing, other techniques are expansive such as 'Vipassana' meditation which allows for the free flow of thoughts and their observation.

Presented below are some of the common meditation methods. Only a brief insight is provided and meditation should be learnt under the guidance of a Guru.

  • Mantra Meditation :
    Mantra, literally meaning 'revealed sound', means a sound or combination of sounds which develop spontaneously. In mantra meditation, specific sounds are repeated (japa) to achieve a meditative state Read More...
  • Steady gaze (Trataka):
    Trataka ( to gaze steadily) has been followed by most religious systems including Christianity and Sufism. In Trataka, a steady gaze is performed on an object. While, it strictly comes under the category of a yoga cleansing technique, effective trataka practice takes one to the shores of meditation. Read More...
  • Chakra Meditation:Chakras means "wheel" and represent the major nerve plexi which branch off the spinal cord to serve the major organs of the body. Chakras represent a different level of energy manifestation and consciousness development. There are 7 Chakras. Read More...
  • Vipassana Meditation: Read More...
  • Raj Yoga Meditation: Read More...
  • Zazen: Read More...
  • Nada yoga: Read More...
Can any particular meditation technique be harmful?

Are there any dangers involved by adopting a meditation technique?If one follows & sticks to any technique blindly, simply because someone advocated it, then the long term consequences can certainly be harmful.

Just like every physical body type is different, so is every psychic body. The reason the Guru has traditionally been given importance is because the Guru has the insight to assess your psychic body.

But, to understand the self, you just simply have to be alert and aware of your psychic body & how you respond. The longer you are aware, the better you will know your mind and you will definitely home onto the correct meditation technique.

Observe objectively (without becoming obsessed or paranoid) your day-to-day interactions and conduct. Observe if you feel any changes (whether positive or negative) in your everyday conduct.

These signals will show to you whether your adopted technique is right for you. Also, feel free to experiment with techniques as you narrow down to your chosen way.

 

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