Meditation is the process of withdrawing attention from externals, including physical and mental processes, and consciously focusing one's attention. One can focus on breath or on a mandala or use a mantra for focus. There are many types of meditation, various techniques or practices. Meditation normally involves concentrating on an object, such as a your breath, a candle, a sound or word, or a mandala which is pattern. Through the practice of meditation, one will be able to diminish the clutter of random thoughts that are constantly moving through the mind. Most importantly, your attachment to these thoughts, and your identification with them, progressively become less.
There are many benefits from meditation.
The important thing is to find the meditation that works for you.
My favorite type of meditation is 'mantric meditation' which is done by reciting a mantra. A mantra is a phrase either from sanskrit or from a holy text such as the bible or something that is positive that you make up.
There are many types of meditation. Breathing meditation is said to be the mother of all meditations, yet this does not mean that one must believe that it is the only type of meditation or that you must master it. There is a type of meditation just for you and you will know it when you find it. So it is wise to try many forms and this way you will find the one that is right for you.
Click here for a basic outline of a meditation practice.
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