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Meditation Techniques
By:Rachel M.

Now that you have an idea of what guided meditation is and how to practice it, you may find that you are wondering what techniques should you incorporate to your new practice. There are numerous forms of practice techniques. It is merely the choice of the participant. For the beginner, there is the classic sitting, the sit-stand method, and the recliner chair method. Each of these methods will be described so that you may make a choice that best suits your needs and goals for deeper relaxation and understanding and spiritual growth.

The Classic Sitting method is a vital part of meditation traditions. It is best to find a quiet place to meditate where you will be free of interruption since meditation in its classic form should be done in silence. You can sit cross-legged on a pillow on the floor or even the use of the Recliner Chair method, that will described later. Eyes may be open, half opened, or slightly opened, letting in just two small slits of sunlight. Meditating with your eyes closed is fine, but make sure the room is brightly lit to ensure that you keep your brain alert. Meditation means that you are relaxed as if you were sleeping but your consciousness fully awake and alert.

The Sit-Stand method is an effective defense against sleepiness and is easy for your body to tolerate. You simply sit in quiet meditation for fifteen minutes, and then stand for two minutes. Repeating this process for another fifteen minutes, and two minutes, alternately. This technique provides an opportunity to practice mediation in action. Since our lives are spent in motion or activity, meditation does not have to be practiced in a rigid state. The goal is to become consciously permanently and to be meditative continuously. The inner flow of meditation continues when you stand up and sit down.

The Recliner Chair method is the healthful manner of sitting since it avoids blocking vital blood circulation in the legs. It also has all of the benefits of sitting in the classic Lotus position. With this method, you sit in a medium relined position. It is best to have shoes and socks removed. The bare soles of your feet should be pressed against each other and knees relaxed. The knees are pointed to outwardly to each side of the chair. Hands can be locked together, laying in your lap or pressed against your chest, on top of the other over the center of your emotional heart. When your hands are pressed against your chest, energy is normally washed out through your hands are channeled back into your heart. This practice fortifies both your heart center and your hara (belly center) simultaneously, as all of your centers are connected.

Now, that you are sitting, what comes next? The basic approach to meditation is to relax, let go and do nothing. If thoughts come to mind, then be an observer only to those thoughts without adding to them by your participation. Consider this as "choice-less awareness." With choice-less awareness, you are not thinking or remembering. You are simply allowing sensory input flow through you and without the manipulation of input in the thought process. You are living in the moment and become open. This openness attracts energy from all areas of the universe and pushes you to a higher level of understanding and growth.

Another useful method of developing greater awareness is the breathing process felt in your belly. The hara is located just behind and below your navel. The hara is a natural balancing point of your consciousness, which is the center of your being. If you will, it is the point where man and universe meet. By developing a powerful hara center is the secret to meditation.

There are various exercises that can be done to clear our thoughts from our mind. The point of such exercises is to feel that your center of consciousness is moving to your hara center. One technique to clear the mental debris is the sweeping house method. Both hands are placed behind your head. Rest your hands at the point where the neck and head meet. Then quickly sweep your hands over your head, repeating this exercise as many times needed. Visualize your hands gathering up all thoughts as they move across your skull. Once your hands reach the forehead area, then 'flick' those thoughts as though you are flicking into empty space where they belong.

There are numerous methods to practice meditation but the paramount point in selecting a meditation method is to select one that makes you feel most positive. To be of real value, meditation should practiced as a full-time living than as an activity.

At the time of this writing, Rachel has been meditating for about a year. In that time, she's seen many astounding near-instant results. She's found her way to her purpose (which she believes has to do with helping people discover their spirituality), has had greater relationships, released weight, and is overall a LOT happier. Get hundreds more tips and a complete meditation guide for FREE at YourBestMeditation.com.