Exploring Two Major Approaches to Meditation
As you gear up to prepare for the stresses that holidays can create, keep in mind that meditation can be a great stress buster. It will help lower your blood pressure, and boost your immune system while keeping you calm and balanced.
First it is important to know that the term meditation does not mean there is a person sitting cross-legged with their index finger touching their thumb saying “Ohm” while searching for the meaning of life. Actually, in all reality, meditation is a mindful relaxation while striving to create a meaningful state of serenity and there are several modalities of mediations that can help achieve balance and insight.
Meditation works in strengthening the mind by training, or “reprogramming” our way of thinking. Meditation requires positive, calm, and relaxing thoughts to occupy thinking. Meditation encourages self love and high self esteem. It also helps lower blood pressure, helps people manage pain, aid in metabolism, and reduce stress, depression and even burn out. People seem to have better self-esteem when they meditate and are emotionally stronger and better equipped physically and mentally. There are two major approaches to meditation, which are concentrative meditation, and mindfulness meditation.
Concentrative meditation techniques can be very helpful to attain better concentration and connect the potential power of our mind. The approach is to still the mind and focus on one object or action that you choose at any given time. This gives way to greater awareness and clarity. In a very basic form, concentrative meditation calls for you to sit quietly and focus your attention on your breath. It sounds simple, but it might take you a few to focus. Teachers and masters of yoga and meditations believe that there is a direct link between your state of mind and your breath.
Mindful meditation basically is about you staying in the now. It is said that to be mindful is to be aware of the present without judging yourself. There is one major difference between mindfulness meditation and concentration and that is, concentration involves you to focus your attention on a single object, where as mindfulness meditation every facet of experience is welcomed and honored.
No matter which forms of meditation you do, it is important to know that mediation is healthy for you and can help with the physical, the mentally and the spiritual sense of self.