Archives for Meditation For Beginners

Mindfulness Exercises: 6 of the best

Introduction to Mindfulness Exercises Mindfulness is not only about meditation, although it is an important part of it. In fact, there are many ways of integrating mindfulness exercises into your daily routine.  Read here for a beginner’s overview: Mindfulness Meditation: A simple guide to how to do it. Like many, when starting mindfulness, I read books and scoured the Internet for information about mindfulness exercises.  There are many resources and techniques, but it can be hard to know which ones to choose.  It is worth taking time over this, as the wrong choice could dissuade you from mindfulness practice. Besides using techniques that work for you, diligent practice is a key
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Meditation Techniques

What is Meditation? There are many meditation techniques and an equal number of explanations of what meditation is.  Ask a person what they think of Meditation and they might imagine a robed monk sitting on a mountain, or another mystical scene. This is an easy idea to get, considering that the practice of Meditation is common in Eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism (hence the connection to Chakra).  The act of meditation is an innately human process, and gaining popularity throughout the Western world for its many benefits (Meditation for Beginners).  It can be done for itself, not as required by a spiritual
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Zazen Meditation: What it is and how to do it

What is Zazen meditation The practice of Zazen meditation is closely associated with Zen Buddhism, just meaning “seated meditation.” It is the core (religious) meditation practice of Zen Buddhism. In Zazen Meditation the meditator sits, allowing thoughts, ideas, and images to pass by without judgment or involvement. The purpose of the meditation is to calm body and mind and to gain insight into the nature of existence, and ultimately to achieve enlightenment. While the primary purpose of Zazen meditation as described above, it is taught in many different ways, depending on the Zen Buddhist school.   The techniques described below are broadly similar to
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Meditation Posture: Choose the Best and Most Comfortable Posture

Half Lotus Meditation Posture The full and half lotus are probably the most commonly used and traditional meditation posture.  They both share the benefits of stability and comfort, enabling the meditator to stay in position, with minimum stress, for any length of time.  Close to the ground, both positions are symmetrically balanced giving the feeling of being grounded.  A meditation cushion placed under the buttocks helps with stability with both half and full lotus positions The stress-free aspect is perhaps the most important, as physical stress felt during meditation will distract the mind from the meditation. However, both positions can be physically demanding on
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Mindfulness Meditation: A simple guide to how to do it

What is mindfulness? In the West, Mindfulness is often described as a lifestyle with Mindfulness meditation being one aspect of it.  The meditation part is a Western adaptation of Buddhist Vipassana meditation, and the concept of mindfulness itself is firmly rooted in Buddhist tradition.  An important thing to note is that the Western concept of Mindfulness meditation is non-secular.  Practicing Western style Mindfulness meditation will not interfere with your religious beliefs. Some aspects of Mindfulness: Being non-judgemental Being open-hearted Awareness of  (or being in) the current moment, rather than the future or the past. Gaining greater awareness of ourselves and our lives Responding rather than reacting to
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