Meditation is maybe the most traditional way to relax, free the mind, and calm down after a stressful period. While it is generally thought of originating in India and the buddhist religion, meditation has long found its way into the western culture and our hearts.
I personally haven’t done meditation, in the traditional sense, for a very long time. I felt like it couldn’t have a lot of gain for me to sit around, close my eyes, and let my thoughts wander seemingly senselessly. It complicated things additionally that I wasn’t able to concentrate fully on myself in younger years.
However, since I have much more productive work to do throughout the day and try to engage in useful things for most of time, I find meditating a wonderful way of relaxation and also to refill my batteries.
The best thing about meditation is maybe that you can do it anywhere and that you don’t need a lot of time for it. Sometimes as much as 5 minutes are enough to serve your purpose (whatever that may be).
Over the last months I have tried out various ways of meditation for a lot of different purposes -including insomnia, anxiety and stress-relief. Some worked better, some were hard, some needed conscious practiced – but each has proved to be useful in one or the other way.
To help you deciding for your best way to mediate, I will provide you with an overview over the most important ways of meditating, advantages, disadvantages, and effects they had on me.
Remember that meditating is something very personal – just because it worked one way for me, doesn’t mean it will work the same way for you. However, it is sure worth a try!
Chapter 1: Guided Meditation
Chapter 2: Body Meditation
Chapter 3: Chakra Meditation
Chapter 4: Focused Meditation