Breath focus is one way to begin a meditative practice. Here are some other methods that also include the foundational support of the breath.
4.1 Mindfulness Meditation
This is a popular style of meditation today. It is the practice of focusing on one thing at a time. This could be your breath, like the Pranayama exercise, or it could be on a task, thought, or mantra. In normal circumstances, we are constantly being distracted by what is going on outside of ourselves. Mindfulness Meditation allows you to move those distractions to the periphery to focus solely on one thing. You will discover that it is a wonderful way to help clear and quiet your mind.
4.2 Music Meditation
Find some quiet time for yourself, put on a set of headphones, turn on your favorite music, and allow those songs to take you on a relaxing journey. It is another way to tune out the outside distractions so that you can find healing in your mind and body.
4.3 Body Scan Meditation
Much like Mindfulness Meditation, the focus of this practice is to focus on one thing; in this case, pay close attention to a bodily sensation. This could be a dull pain in your lower back, sensitivity in your hands, or a nagging headache. When you pinpoint your mental focus (and breath) on this one area, the idea is to send a positive, healing thought to that area. Energetically, this spurs a flow of pain release, cleansing, and mental clarity.
4.4 Vipassana Meditation
As mentioned earlier, racing thoughts tend to be the source of our stress these days. Constant thinking about our economic future and the welfare of our families. The content of those thoughts. Vipassana means "seeing things as they really are." It is a meditative practice that encourages you to come to stillness and allow those racing thoughts to enter your consciousness. But instead of dwelling on them, use cleansing exhales to dismiss those plaguing thoughts from your mind. This, too, is an effective way to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The result is seeing your life more truthfully and having a much more positive perspective.
4.5 Walking Meditation
Sometimes sitting still can be a difficult thing to do. You can also consider a Walking Meditation. This can be done right in your own home, in the neighborhood, or out in nature. Rather than walk to reach a specific destination, use the exercise to walk slowly and intentionally. Notice your feet touch the ground or grass. Observe the clouds in the sky. Listen to the sound of the birds in the trees. Turning to our natural world is very healing to the heart, mind, and soul.
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