Meditation – what is it?
do you know meditation ? Do you practice it? Despite the age of this practice, it has only recently been immersed in the daily life of the French. Indeed, during the first confinement of the Covid-19 pandemic, many discovered this practice. Moreover, surveys prove it: a famous meditation application, “Petit Bambou”, carried out a survey. It turns out that 37% of respondents have tested for the first time during containment. 85% say having tried et 1 in 5 people meditate regularly. We wanted to share with you the history of meditation as well as different methods known in the world. A brief overview of this relaxation technique very interesting. As life goes faster and faster, what better than meditation to relieve stress ? Let's find out:
Meditation is qualified as a practice at a time mental and relaxation method deep. It is a mental practice, because it requires a cconcentration on present time. Some people need several sessions before they get there. In fact, not everyone can let go easily. Once the practice has been acquired, we can take full advantage of the benefits : relaxation, tranquility, an intense feeling of well-being.
Meditation: history and origins
Meditation originated in India over 5000 years ago.. It quickly spread throughout Asia. In West, it will only be necessary to wait for the 18ᵉ century before she makes her appearance. She is born from a Buddhist spiritual way. Finally, meditation democratize and this popularizes towards the 60s, with the practice of Yoga. Know that before being a method of relaxation, it was a path to knowledge. Today, meditation is used by many people without religious use. It is likened to spiritual awakening more than religion.
According to the methods, it can be turned towards a religion or not. Just as it can simply help to sleep well or relieve stress. Also, it can help develop
his spirituality, to connect to a higher consciousness.
What are the different methods of meditation?
Guided meditation is great for people who start. In fact, you just have to follow the voice, which helps you relax and let go. This voice guides you for you anchor in the present moment. It may be accompanied by a soft and relaxing music to nature sounds : waves, birds, etc. The voice also invites you to let your thoughts pass, do not dwell on them. It often also asks you to breathe consciously, to concentrate on your breathing, which promotes relaxation.
More and moreapplications mobiles dedicated to meditation are available free of charge. the small bamboo that I quoted in the introduction, for example, or even Calm, Namatata, etc. If you practice occasionally, Youtube also offers many guided meditations.
Unlike guided meditation, mindfulness unfolds differently. You are the only master on board, she can practice everywhere and at any time. The objective of this method is to be able to focus on the present moment. Your attention is only on what is happening around you, without any judgment. Also, you notice people passing by without judging them (without any thought). You're at listening to noises that surround you. You pay attention to smells. You concentrate exclusively on the emotions that cross you and your breathing. You hide the thoughts, guesses, judgments, etc. Anything that distracts you from the moment.
This practice is widely used during a walk in nature. This environment is a great place to mindfulness. The calm lies in nature. However, you can also do this by cooking, or in the transport. If you rest on a deckchair, or simply listening to music.
Vipassana meditation date of over 2500 years and comes from Buddha. This form of meditation takes place in lotus position. Straight back, eyes closedYou take a deep breath. From there, every thought, every emotion, every judgment, will be welcomed without being judged. You pass in deep breathing. Staying focused on the breath helps stay in the moment. Moreover, we are focused on our way of breathing only. If we stop this focus, we concentrate on the thoughts that come in, etc. This is how our mind takes over. In this case, the meditative state is no more.
For a vipassana meditation, it is recommended to practice it for about thirty minutes.
Zazen meditation wind du Japan. Only the position changes compared to Vipassana meditation. Here, the objective is to position yourself. You sit in silence facing a wall. Your mind must be freed to be able to focus on your posture and your breathing, uniquely. Then, when a thought crosses your mind, imagine that this thought is a cloud who only does pass in the sky. The sky is blue, calm, this cloud is really just passing. Once gone, refocus on your breathing and posture.
meditation with mantra
meditation with mantra is very personalized. Everybody has a word ou a fetish mantra. Do you have a phrase that helps you feel good? During this meditation, you repeat this mantra to yourself or this word all along. You can do it from silently or aloud, as you prefer. Repeating a mantra allows you to stay focused.
For example, you want to practice a meditation to find peace. Do you know OM SHANTI OM ? It's the mantra of peace. Moreover, many meditations in Asia are practiced with the sound “OM”. This muffled sound is source energy, called “Prana”. If you want to meditate to come back to the present moment. You can focus on a phrase like " live in the moment "Or" living in the moment ". One last example, if you wish increase self-esteem et love of self. You can repeat to yourself “I am love”, “I love myself unconditionally”, etc.
Many kinds of meditation exist today. Here, I have presented you with different types, so that you can adopt the one(s) that suits you best. All forms of meditation bring incredible benefits and virtues. If you require of a mantra to facilitate your entry into meditative state, please feel free to visit our store. Our mantra bracelets will help you stay focused on what's important to you and stay positive on all occasions.
Quote: “He who meditates lives in darkness; he who does not meditate lives in blindness. We only have the choice of black.” Victor Hugo.