Types and purposes of meditation

Types and purposes of meditation

In this section, we will look at the types and purposes of meditation.

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Daily meditations


Many people who are already experts in the field, reserve a few hours (even a few minutes is enough) of their day to do meditations. If you want to keep this record, it is important to schedule specific times and reserve a range within the day to carry out this activity .

It should be a time where we feel uncommitted or prior to them. Most decide to meditate in the morning, accompanied by sunlight and prior to starting all subsequent activities , which can be very positive to face our routine activities with a more relaxed mind.

Some people will find it useful to establish a routine to meditate (for example, as we said before, in the morning before any other activity, or just before lunch, or just before going to sleep), while other people – more enemies of routines – they will feel more comfortable finding a “random” time to meditate.

Other tips


As we mentioned before, we can choose the music that we think will help us the most in our concentration and separation from the daily environment. It is also important to wear comfortable clothes and lean on a space that is also comforting . In general, it is advisable to use thin mats, similar to those used in gyms, and cover them with sheets.

In the beginning, when we are more inexperienced, it will be helpful to find places free from outside distractions. Interruptions (whether from a family member, co-workers, etc.) will not help us. You can also learn special breathing techniques.

Meditation and Buddhism


Undoubtedly, the main or best-known association related to meditation is the Buddhist religion . Buddhism is one of the religions that pays most attention to the techniques of contemplation and the importance of the states of the mind and body . Even one of the most popular images of the deity of religion is of a seated Buddha, in a meditation posture.

We can say that the main practice within Buddhism is meditation , but not the only one . Those who profess this religion also make offerings and other types of rituals accompanied, of course, by the doctrine, their beliefs and sacred texts as well as a differentiated diet.

Other types of meditation


We can think of meditation as a central nucleus, from which several types emerge with different orientations and different objectives according to each need. We will delve into the most important, recognized and striking for our culture. It should be noted that the differences lie in almost minimal aspects , but the basis is the same: relaxed posture, deep breaths and trying to achieve a blank mind.

Transcendental meditation


This type of meditation originates from India and consists of accompanying the technique with the repetition of different mantras, with the aim of bringing thought to a higher, more transcendental position. It is believed that through the repetition of sounds, it is possible to avoid the thoughts that try to cross us when we practice it . Although there are many, usually the best known (already mentioned above) are used. The importance lies in the sound as such, as vibration. Within our western culture, it was one of the most accepted for its practice. See more.

Vipassana meditation


This is one of the oldest meditations in the culture of India. Nowadays, more popularized , its learning method is carried out in specialized centers, which prepare students for ten intensive days, guided by experts. Throughout the world there are several foundations that carry out these meetings. See more on vipassana meditation .

Meditation for children


Bringing children closer to meditation can be very beneficial for their behavior, concentration and socialization with the outside world, increasing their internal calm. Many schools are implementing meditation for children within their classes , since according to statistics it turned out to be very beneficial. It has even been found that active and periodic meditation can strengthen the immune or defensive systems of children.

Read also: How to encourage children to meditate

Benefits of meditation

Types and purposes of meditation

Meditation helps against anxiety and stress

Our current culture increasingly incorporates meditation as a technique that can accompany different daily processes that we cannot fulfill or over which we are experiencing difficulties.

Here are some examples:

Meditation to heal


This meditation is based on the theory that believes that harmful physical processes (diseases of any kind) are caused by an internal disharmonization of the human being’s own energies. Based on this concept, it is believed that meditation can be a very important resource to accompany medical treatments . Many doctors even recommend it today.

In general, they are guided by someone to help the patient connect with their own body and specifically help these types of cases. It is recommended both for physical illnesses (for example cancer) and for psychological problems (depression, anxiety states) . The main idea is to achieve the visualization of the patient in a state of harmony, being aware of himself as the only one with the ability to reverse his current situation and be able to cure it.

Sleep meditation


In case of problems without sleeping for long days or suffering from chronic insomnia, doing a meditation before going to sleep can lower the state of anxiety and relax us to the point of being able to sleep normally.

There are even people who claim that meditating just before sleeping will not only make it easier to fall asleep and sleep better, but also to avoid night thoughts (I don’t know if you knew, but the brain never stops working!).

See more information and meditation techniques for sleep .

Meditation to study


In what has to do with mental exercises, a regular meditation can help us to be more focused and set our goals . In times of study, mindful meditation can help us have greater concentration when it comes to capturing the content and learning.

Different universities in the world have implemented meditation with surprising results. Even in secondary schools in Europe, students who opted for meditation as an extracurricular activity had better grades than others.

Meditation to lose weight


In general, in the process that a person goes through to lose weight, many emotions come into play that arouse anxiety, bewilderment and sometimes depression . As a primary premise, it takes a lot of commitment on the part of the patient to follow the diet and combine it with an exercise routine. In this case, meditation helps to achieve greater mental control and calm the depressive sensations that a patient may experience.

Meditation to lower anxiety


The anxious processes of our mind generate tension in our body and daily life. After the great persistence of this practice over time, it was possible to demonstrate to professionals in the field of medicine and also psychology that treatments in patients who suffer from anxiety are more fruitful when accompanied by techniques that achieve relaxation.

Experts in meditative practices claim that they can achieve a complete state of relaxation even in the most stressful situations . Work meetings, traffic collapse, etc. For them, 10 seconds of deep meditation is enough to bring their mind to a total state of relaxation.

Meditation to quit smoking


As an alternative to many of the other therapies that are proposed to help the smoker to get out of his addiction , meditation is one of the central ones. As we have already seen, breathing has a central place in this technique and, by becoming aware of how we breathe and lowering our anxiety level, it is very possible to beat the momentum of the moment when you want to consume another cigarette again.

As you can now understand, meditation has remarkable anti-anxiety effects and with it, it can be beneficial for many more objectives than those mentioned here.

Over time, we will be publishing notes that will help you understand the scope of the benefits of meditating, step-by-step techniques to start and become an expert as well as other practices that we consider are the best complement to further improve the well-being of your body and mind.

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