(specialized in Vigyan bhairav tantra - 112 ways of meditation)
Meditation is one of the ancient and impactful practices that allows one to make their lifestyle far better than it is right now. It is not a particular technique, but it consists of a set of techniques that intends to encourage an individual to heighten the state of awareness and get focused attention. Also, it is a conscious-changing manner that consists of a vast number of benefits on emotional and psychological well-being. In addition, it develops the understanding of the individual of the present moment.
India is the root of meditation and it has been practising here for many thousands of years. It has now been a typical practice for people all over the world for many years. The majority of the religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism have a tradition to keep practising meditation as their religious purpose.
Although meditation is mostly used by people for religious purposes, many individuals practise it without following any particular religion and without keeping any religious or spiritual beliefs in their minds while practising meditation. Meditation can be implemented as a psychotherapeutic approach.
Since meditation is a portion linked with the many religions and spiritual traditions, and also a part of their feelings and teachings, the technique of meditation does not belong to any specific faith or religion. Even after having the ancient origin, it is the practice followed by the people globally in order to attain a state of calm, peace, and inner harmony.
Although meditation has endless benefits, experts and researchers have yet not fully comprehended the mechanism of meditation in detail. As per the research, meditation is highly effective on overall health and psychological well-being and also establishes a positive range of positive effects on the health and life of an individual.
Nowadays, the prime purpose for practising meditation is to sharpen the focus and attention, in the time when an individual gets distracted in a fraction of seconds over silly things that do not even make sense. It connects the body and the mind through breaths, and nurtures the acceptance of difficult emotions, or sometimes the consciousness as well. It is proven that meditation provides innumerable physical and psychological benefits, such as stress reduction and enhanced immunity.
The depth of meditation cannot be estimated, since it is one of the vastest fields to explore. If you too want to dive into the ocean of Meditation with Mindfulness, then The Nidan will let you explore the deepness of Mindfulness Meditation at its best. Here, the meditation is not confined only in some couple of ways, but you will get the services of Mindfulness Meditation in 112 different ways from Gurudev Acharya Shri Vivek Panchtatwa, who himself is a practitioner and coach of meditation for more than 17 years, and has thousands of satisfied clients who have seen a drastic change in their lives after adapting meditation.
Different Ways to Practise Meditation
Meditation is not limited to a single type, instead there exist many types of meditations. In each of the types of meditation, there are numerous subtypes of meditation as well. Let us have a look at some of the most popular types of meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is one of the most ageing techniques of meditation which originated from India and many saints and sages have been practising it for thousands of years. It is one of the most popular and researched forms of mediation as well, throughout all the types of meditations.
In this form of meditation, you pay attention to the thoughts that are roaming in your mind, and you don’t even judge your thoughts during the meditation process. Instead, you get involved in your thoughts and take note of any of the patterns and observe them as well.
The practice of mindfulness meditation consists of concentration with awareness, which eventually lets you focus on any particular object or your breath at the time you observe any bodily sensations, feelings, or beliefs. It is an uncomplicated form of meditation that one can easily perform without any sort of help from anyone.
At The Nidan, Gurudev Acharya Vivek Panchtatwa is a practitioner of Mindfulness Meditation, and he has mastery in 112 ways of mindfulness meditation and he has many certifications in it as well. He has been practising mindfulness meditation for over 17 years and has innumerable satisfied clients as well who have evidenced an evolution in their lives.
Spiritual meditation has been practised almost across all religions and spiritual traditions. The types of spiritual meditation are diverse as per the world’s spiritual traditions themselves, and it primarily focuses on nurturing a deeper understanding of the spiritual or religious meanings and links with its upper power.
Usually, spiritual meditation can be practised at the idolising place or at home where one usually worships. This practice of meditation is preferred for the ones who seek growth spiritually and a deeper connection to a spiritual force or upper power.
As the name says, focused meditation involves the full concentration of any particular sense from the five senses. In this type of meditation, one focuses something internally or from your surroundings, like your breath, external influences, etc, in order to help focus your attention.
Some examples of focused meditation include listening to a gong, staring at a candle flame, moon-gazing, counting your breaths, or counting mala beads. Theoretically, this practice seems straightforward, but it is a tough job to be done, especially in the initial stage for the practitioners.
This practice of meditation is recommended for the ones who wish to sharpen their focus and attention in any work or job.
It is the form of active meditation that requires physical movement from an individual who has been practising it. It involves gardening, walking, and other gentle forms of meditation. Movement meditation directs one to go into the deeper link with the body and the present moment. It is mainly beneficial for the ones who desire to find peace in action and wish to develop their body awareness.
Mantra Meditation is one of the prominent techniques that originated from India, and it got nurtured from Hinduism. It has also been practised in Buddhist traditions. Mantra meditation makes the use of a repetitive sound that clears the mind and increases the focus as well. The repetitive sound might be any word, phrase, or sound. One of the ancient and most practised terms for chanting is ‘om’.
In the process, the individual is free to chant the mantra loudly or quietly. After chanting the mantra for a while, one becomes more alert and in tune with the environment, which allows them to experience the depth of the level of awareness.
One of the flexes of this way of meditation is that it is easier to concentrate on a particular word or phrase you are chanting, compared to the breath. Also, the vibration of the sound in the body makes the individual more energetic and enthusiastic.
It is one of the best ways of meditation for the ones who enjoy repetition and don’t like silent places.
This way of meditation is the classification of meditation that’s been the subject of numerous researches in the scientific community. Transcendental Meditation was founded and initiated by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which involves the specific practice designed to make the mind silent and inject the state of peace and calm.
This type of meditation also involves the chanting of mantra, and it can be best taught by the practitioner who is certified in Transcendental Meditation. This type of meditation fits the best for the ones who wish for the accessible approach to the depth that meditation consists of.
This type of meditation is also known as body scan meditation, and it aims to reduce the tension and stress from the body and facilitate relaxation. Continually, this type of meditation possesses slowly tightening and relaxing one group of muscles at a time, throughout the whole body.
Sometimes, it might also encourage the individual to visualise a gentle wave that flows through their body, in order to release the tension present. Unlike others, this type of meditation is generally practised before going to bed, in order to relieve stress and unwind.
It is a type of meditation that is used to strengthen the feelings of empathy, acceptance, and compassion towards the self or others. It typically includes an open mind in order to collect love from others and reverting with love and well wishes to their acquaintances, friends, loved ones, and all other individuals. Since Loving-Kindness Meditation consists of promoting compassion and kindness, it may be an ideal form of meditation for the ones who hold feelings of resentment and anger in themselves.
It is a class of meditation that requires stress on the enhanced feelings of peace, calmness, and relaxation by making the one visualise positive things, images, figures, and scenes. The practice of Visualisation Meditation involves the scene vividly and implementing all the five scenes to add as much detail as it can.
It might also consist of the visualisation meditation that consists of imagining oneself succeeding at any particular goal, which ultimately requires focus and motivation. Many individuals pursue Visualisation in order to lower their stress level, uplift their mood, and boost their inner peace.
Steps to Practise Meditation
OPTING FOR A QUIET SPOT
The initial step to begin your journey is to choose a quiet place for you to practise meditation without being distracted. Make sure to turn off your mobile phones, television, and other distractions. You can opt to play quiet music or sound in order to concentrate better in meditation. If you are opting for music, make sure that it should be peaceful and repetitious.
FIX A TIME LIMIT
If you are a newbie in meditation, it is recommended for you to set a short period, for around 5 to 10 minutes of duration. With time, you can stretch the time limit for your meditation practice.
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY
In order to have a productive meditation, you must pay attention to your body and try to make it comfortable. You can sit cross-legged on the floor or in a chair as much as you believe that you can be seated at that position comfortably for a fixed duration.
FOCUS ON BREATHING
You should always aim to take deep and long breaths during the meditation, that expands your belly, and that slowly exhales with comfort. Focus on each breath and how it feels to your body and soul.
OBSERVE YOUR THOUGHTS
You should have a clear vision of the purpose of the meditation in your mind, else you will get diverted. When you focus on what you are thinking, the subconscious part of your mind gets activated. Ensure that you should not judge your thoughts or try to analyse them, just direct your mind to breathe deeply.
Impact of Regular Meditation
The impact of practising meditation regularly has endless benefits for both the physical and emotional body of an individual. Meditation is one of the deliberate means to change the course of this stream, thus altering the way to perceive and respond to your surroundings.
As per the research, meditation consists of both physiological and psychological effects. The positive physiological effects of meditation involve decreased heart rate, alterations in brain wave patterns, lowered stress, lowered state of physical arousal, and reduced respiration rate.
Some of the additional health-related, psychological, and emotional benefits include:
- Better in handling the stress
- Betterment in the symptoms of anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, depression, pain issues, and high blood pressure
- Alterations in the distinct aspects of mindfulness and attention
- Elevation of self-awareness and emotional well-being
- Sharpen working memory, with fluid intelligence
- Good immunity and relief from headache
- Increase in empathy of yourself and others
The researchers and working professionals still do not understand the mechanism behind meditation. But the studies and research on this have demonstrated that it consists of a range of positive effects on psychological well-being and overall health.
Ways to Make Meditation a habit
Practising meditation for a few initial couple of days is not a big deal, but adapting it to your routine matters the most. Irregular practise of meditation and inconsistency will not benefit you in the enhancement of psychological well-being and the improvement of overall health.
About 95% of the behaviours of an individual runs on autopilot. The sense behind it is that the neutral networks underlie all of the habits of an individual. Thus, it reduces the millions of sensory inputs per second into manageable shortcuts, such that one can function in this crazy world. These are the default brain signals and are so efficient that they often cause you to relapse into old behaviours before you remember what you meant to do instead.
When it comes to mindfulness, it is contrary to the default procedure. Instead of running on autopilot, it is an executive control that enables willpower, decisions, and intentional actions, but it requires practice. The more you activate the intentional power of your brain, the more it gets stronger.
Here are some of the effective ways which you can implement and get started by making mindfulness your habit.
PUT REMINDERS AROUND YOU
One of the simple tasks you can do is by putting the meditation reminders around you. If you are willing to do yoga or to meditate, you can place your yoga mat or meditation cushion in the middle of your floor to sit. Thus, whenever you walk through that place, most probably you will not forget to practise meditation or yoga.
REFRESH YOUR REMINDERS CONSTANTLY
When you decide on a particular way to remind yourself of meditation or yoga, it works for a week or some certain number of days. But there is a high chance that after a while, your autopilot brain and the old habits take over again. Thus try exploring new reminders to yourself, and also introduce some variety, in order to make it more engaging and funny. Thus, in this way you can stick with the habit of regular meditation for a long time.
CREATE NEW PATTERNS
You should always try introducing the series of new practices of the ‘If this, then that’ message, which is effective in creating uncomplicated reminders for you to shift it into your intentional brain. You might come up with messages like, ‘If phone rings, I’ll take a breath before picking up the call’ and many additional series of patterns similar to it. Each of the intentional actions you take shifts into mindfulness and will strengthen your intentional brain.
Mindfulness Meditation at The Nidan
Do you want to lower the symptoms of numerous diseases and disorders, without any medicinal treatment or surgeries? Do you want to calm your mind and focus on your prime goal? Do you want to make your health better without sticking to a particular diet? Do you want to learn the secret of ancient sages to live a longer, happier, and more peaceful life?
If your answer is ‘YES’, then you are in the right place. The Nidan offers the services on Mindfulness Meditation in 112 ways of meditation, all of which are effective and impactful in dealing with different problems or disorders. Gurudev Acharya Vivek Panchtatwa has introduced Five Dimensional Approach (FDA) Therapy through the Vedic Science, and in his FDA Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation plays a vital role. The FDA Therapy consists of Astrology, Vastu Shastra, Clinical Hypnosis, Reiki Healing, and Mindfulness Meditation. He has presented this therapy with consistent practising and training in its dimensions for more than 17 years, and the FDA Therapy is too impactful in dealing with Personal issues or disorders, family issues, career-related problems, and many more.
Gurudev Acharya Vivek Panchtatwa not only offers his services in a particular town or city, but you can take benefit of his services on FDA Therapy and Meditation in the World Wide.
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