When people think of meditation, they often imagine a monk sitting silently in a cave, but this is not the modern reality of meditation anymore. Meditation is now in the mainstream, and you can see it being practiced in different forms in offices, yoga studios, and gyms around the world!
Meditation is essentially any practice that involves focusing the mind on a single point. Different styles of meditation exist though, and they generally vary on what that point of focus is or the method used for concentrating the mind. Meditation is a very transformative practice that has benefits for the body, mind, and soul. So, in this article we will walk you through some basics steps and tips to help guide you on how to incorporate meditation into your own life.
The 10 Most Common Types of Meditation
There are many different styles of meditation, and sometimes it seems like new styles are being invented every day. But there are only a few meditation styles that are most commonly practiced. See below for a basic description of the most popular 10 styles of meditation.
1. Breath Awareness Meditation: This meditation style involves silently focusing the mind on the breath. It is generally practiced while seated.
2. Body Awareness Meditation: This meditation style involves developing mindful awareness of the sensations in the body. It is generally practiced while seated.
3. Loving-Kindness Meditation: This meditation style involves developing love, kindness, compassion, and care for yourself and for others. It is generally practiced while seated.
4. Yoga Nidra: This meditation style directly translates to ‘yogic sleep’ and involves a set of sequential exercises incorporating breath awareness, body awareness, awareness of emotions, and visualization exercises in a dreamlike state. It is generally practiced while laying down.
5. Visualization Meditation: This meditation style involves the use of vivid visualizations of scenes, objects, or events in the mind. It is generally practiced while seated.
6. Walking Meditation: This meditation style uses components of breath and body awareness meditation, but it is practiced while walking.
7. Ecstatic Dance Meditation: This meditation style uses components of body awareness meditation, but it is practiced while dancing in a free form manner.
8. Mantra Meditation: This meditation style uses a mantra, or a word or phrase, that is repeated either out loud or silently in the mind. It is generally practiced while seated but can also incorporate movement and dance.
9. Sound Bath Meditation: This meditation style involves focusing the mind on the sounds and sensations in the body as Tibetan or crystal singing bowls are played. It is generally practiced while either sitting or laying down.
10. Chakra Meditation: This meditation style involves the use of mantras, visualizations, and other techniques aimed specifically at various chakras or energy centers in the body. It is generally practiced while seated.
When practicing these various styles of meditation, you often need a teacher to guide you through the practice. Although you can certainly find some local classes, the most comfortable and convenient way to practice meditation is by listening to a recording. By using a professional voiceover artist to create your meditation recordings you can ensure that you are getting the most benefits from your meditation practice. Thankfully, Angela Ohlfest provides professional custom meditation voiceovers so that you can practice any style of meditation you want from the comfort of your own home!
How to Practice Breath Awareness Meditation
Although there are many different styles of meditation that all have many benefits, the best style of meditation to start with is breath awareness meditation. Follow the 5 basic steps below to start practicing breath awareness meditation on your own today!
1. Sit in any comfortable position on the ground or in a chair, rest your hands on your knees, and close your eyes.
2. Begin to take deep breaths in and out through your nose, taking these first few breaths to slow down and lengthen your breath.
3. Allow your breath to return to a normal rhythm and begin to focus your mind on the sensations of your breath at the base of your nose or the top of your lip. Try to notice the temperature, feeling, and quality of your breath.
4. If you notice any thoughts arising during this practice, just return your mind to your breath and practice non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts.
5. Continue to practice for as long as you want, but it is recommended to practice for at least 5 minutes. When you are ready to finish, then gently open your eyes.
If you are having trouble figuring out how to practice this style of meditation on your own, you can always consult with a local teacher or listen to a professional guided voice over recording of the mediation. Having a professional voice over for your meditation is essential to tapping into the deeper layers of the relaxation response and fully gaining the benefits of meditation practice, especially for a beginner. You can even get a custom meditation recording to fit your needs from the voice over artist Angela Ohlfest.
Tips and Tricks for Practicing Meditation
Many people think that meditation is just sitting and being, but this is not true. Meditation actually requires a lot of mental effort and concentration. One of the most common misconceptions about meditation though is that the goal is to be completely free of thoughts. But in reality, this is impossible! The nature of the mind is to think, and the point of meditation is to simply become aware of those thoughts and to allow them to float by without attaching any emotion or focusing too much on them. That is why in meditation it is common to use another point of concentration, like your breath, to help you detach from your thoughts. But your thoughts will always be there, that is unavoidable.
When practicing meditation, it is also common to fall asleep and trust me, we have all been there sometimes! This is nothing to be ashamed of and in fact this might be exactly what your body needs at that time. If you notice it happening, just try to sit up a bit straighter and continue to focus your mind on your breath. You can also try a moving meditation instead if this is a common problem for you.
As you begin to practice meditation, you can certainly do it on your own, but it is best to still follow a guided recording. Voiceovers of custom meditations are the best way to practice meditation because they allow you to get exactly what you need from the practice and they can walk you gently through the process step by step. With the professional voiceover artist Angela Ohlfest, you can get unique custom meditations tailored to your needs, giving you a simple and easy way to start meditating today. So, contact Angela Ohlfest today and order your custom meditation voiceover to get started!