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MAY 8, 2017
Meditation (Benefits, Types, How to start)

Have you always wanted to meditate but are not sure where to begin? The following information is going to be helpful to you. I will go over various benefits of meditating, types of meditations and will share a few personal experiences with you.

BENEFITS
Most meditative techniques practiced today aim at achieving higher states of consciousness, disengaging from compulsive thinking, and experiencing states of calmness and relaxation. Research has shown that meditation is great at reducing stress and improving physical, mental and emotional well-beings. Since meditation also aims at achieving higher vibrational states – it aids us in our spiritual progression. Simply put, one cannot go wrong with meditation.

GREAT START
Starting with only 10-15 minutes of meditative practice per day, you may be able to see the results as fast as two weeks in. Along with feeling the sense of calmness, centeredness and psychical relaxation you may also start becoming more tuned into higher frequencies and experiencing intricate flow of energy. This is where the magic, playfulness and creativity also manifest themselves into your life. Along with the health benefits, meditation could be your gateway to great bliss and development of psychic abilities.

TYPES OF MEDITATION
1: Concentrative Meditation Techniques

Quite often our mind tends to wonder and scatter. Thousands of thoughts run around our heads just like a bunch of crazy monkeys. One of the ways a meditation can be used to calm the mind is to focus the awareness and concentrate on that single point of focus.

Learning to bring the stream of attention to a flame, breath, sound (mantra) or image helps the mind to develop the capacity to remain calm and grounded. The most popular type of concentrative meditation technique in the West is Transcendental Meditation founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

2: Open Awareness

This second type of meditation focuses around an outward awareness. When practicing it, one is being present and aware of everything that happens around him/her. The sounds of ocean, vastness of the blue sky, healing powers of a forest, a warm summer breeze…

Being present and accepting of whatever arises is the main goal of this type of meditative teaching. The Zen practice (Zazan) is an example of this type of meditation practised in the West.

3: Mindfulness

This third type of meditation is a combination of concentrative and open awareness technique. Usually the point of focus is one’s breath, thoughts, feelings yet the practice is not centered around only going in, but also an outward awareness. This multidimensional meditative technique focuses on practicing a witnessing aspect of ourselves. That part of us that is always present, the observer, the listener.

The mindfulness practice doesn’t only take place during a sitting meditation session, but also at any point of our daily lives. One can mindfully eat (becoming aware of all of the various sensations, taste changes, sounds and experiences/thoughts), walk (focusing on breath, noticing texture of the ground underneath one’s feet, becoming aware of sounds of nature etc.) and other activities.

The practice takes roots in Buddhist teachings and has been recently popularized in the west by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

4. Guided or creative meditation

The type of meditation that I find works best with the beginners and the type I love practicing the most is the creative guided meditation. “What you think you become” says Buddah – this type of meditation can be used for personal development, receiving guidance and overall stress relief and relaxation.

Any of the previously discussed types of meditations can be combined into the guided meditative techniques. Some of the benefits of the guided meditation approach includes:

  • Hearing a voice leading you through an experience allows for better concentration for beginners
  • Additional presence of the guide/healer helps deepen the sense of trans (especially if they use the hands on approach I practice to work with the energy of the person and the room if this is a group meditation)
  • Different visualization techniques aim at achieving goals such as physical/emotional well being (body scan), achieving clarity (working on a problem), receiving guidance (going through a series of visualization techniques to discover questions to answers you’re looking for).

  • For more information on meditation or booking your personal/group session please contact me at info@evgueniacheinis.com


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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    ZhenyaEvguenia Cheinis is an Energy Therapy Practitioner who graduated from the World's Premier Hands-on healing program.

    With 4 years of extensive healing training and experience, avid interest in spirituality, human relationships, psychology and sexuality Evguenia is passionate about helping others live happy and essence-filled lives. www.evgueniacheinis.com

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