Meditation Techniques: What Is The Best Meditation For You?
Despite what many will tell you, it is not necessary to study a bunch of different meditation techniques to find the one that suits you best. In fact, the best meditation for well over 90% of the population is the same. There are many variations of it, and the core of it is included (in some way) in virtually every meditation.
The best meditation for you to begin right now is Relaxation!
It is important to note that most people think they are pretty good at relaxing. Real relaxation, however, is achieved when you can relax more deeply sitting up than most people can when they are laying down going to sleep.
Why would you want to become a genius at relaxation?
Relaxation can not only help you experience the long-term benefits of meditation, it is also the fastest way to experience the health benefits of meditation.
Relaxation helps you to eliminate stress, which vastly improves physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, fatigue, allergies, sleep problems, substance abuse, and chronic pain. Imagine how much you could improve your health with just a little relaxation!
In addition, relaxation helps you to find deeper focus, which is very useful in work or business, relationships, hobbies, and anything new you decide to learn for the rest of your life.
So how can you use relaxation as your meditation?
There are countless ways, but the easiest I have found involves just watching the breath:
- Find a comfortable, upright position.
- Tell yourself “I am now going to deeply relax”
- If you notice any sensations of tension in your body, acknowledge them, and let them go.
- Start to pour your awareness into your breathing. Allow your breathing to become nice, deep, gentle, and slow.
- Notice how wonderfully relaxing this feels!
- Continue to gently slow down your breath as long as it allows you to further deepen your relaxation.
- When you feel you are more relaxed than you have ever been before, just continue to breathe gently, and enjoy it
- Once you are finished, remind yourself “Every time I practice this, I can quickly find an even deeper place of relaxation within myself.”
- Be sure to smile as you finish practice, and carry that relaxed smile with you into the rest of the day.
So what do you do next?
Bring this into your daily life.
Start small and build from there. I encourage you toward a minimum of 5 minutes a day, but you can start with just 1 minute.
Do it right now!
Take a minute to follow the steps and watch your breath. After you have done it a few times, you will feel more comfortable with the process. Once you feel comfortable with it, you can play around with the relaxation meditation technique in with your eyes open or closed, in a variety of different environments, around different people, etc.
As you find yourself playing with relaxation more and more, you will look back and see that it has become a natural part of your life, and that it now seems weird not to do it.