What are the different meditation techniques?Meditation involves concentrating on something to take our attention beyond the random thought activity that is usually going on in our heads. This can involve a solid object or picture, a mantra, breath, or guided visualization.
Typical objects employed include a candle flame or a flower. Some people use pictures, such as a mandala a highly colored symmetric painting or a picture of a spiritual teacher in a high meditative state. Mantras are sounds that have a flowing, meditative quality and may be repeated out loud or inwardly. The breath is also a common focal point. Finally, guided visualization is also considered by some to be a form of meditation. A guided visualization can help to bring one into a meditative state, also, visualization may be used once a meditative state has been reached to produce various results.
Which is right for me?There is no “Right” meditation technique for everybody. Some techniques work better for certain people while other techniques work better for other people. The important thing is to find what works for you.
Is there any religious implication or affiliation with meditation?It is possible to practice meditation without subscribing to any particular religious views. However, meditation has been and still is a central practice in eastern religions for developing spiritual sensitivity. Christians also practice forms of meditation and prayer that bring them closer to God.
Does meditation have any ethical implications?In many traditions meditation practice is a means for reinforcing ethical qualities. In these traditions, calmness of mind, peacefulness and happiness are possible in meditation and in life generally only if they are accompanied by the observance of ethical norms of behavior.
What are the ABC’s of meditation?There are a few recommended guidelines for meditation:
It should be done every day, preferably at the same time preferably before a meal rather than after a meal.
A spot should be set aside for meditation, which should be a quiet place and used for nothing but meditation.
One should sit with the spine straight and vertical (a chair is ok to use).