If you are a beginner to meditation it can seem a bit overwhelming. My first question to a beginner is to ask, what is your expectation of meditation? Each person comes to meditation with a different expectation. Your expectation could be a deterrent or an asset to your meditation practice.
For example, you have the idea in your mind that meditation requires that you have absolutely no thought in your mind. This expectation will lead you to practice some form of meditation where you will try to be thought less. This can lead to hours and hours of frustration. Hours and hours of trying to enter the no thought state. When in reality this may just not be the practice for you at that particular time.
Besides, the no thought meditation is about being the observer of the thought process as opposed to not having thought at all.
One cannot stop the mind from secreting thought. Being in a stage of no thought is about not allowing thought to dominate and control you. It’s about being the observer of the secretion of thoughts from the mind.
Different Types of Meditation
Meditation isn’t only about clearing the mind of useless thought processes. There are many different types of meditation. At different times in your life you will gravitate to different practices in order to produce different results. Now let’s take a look at 2 different types of meditation practices before you can engage in the one that is right for you.
Contemplation meditation requires that you simply observe an aspect of your thoughts or any aspect of your life. This type of meditation can be created as a visualizing, where you enter into an aspect of your life, that you would like to get more understanding about. And as you go deeply into the experience you allow yourself to be the observer of not only the situation but yourself as you handle the situation.
This sort of meditation provides clarity to problems, as well as situations which you may not have been able to understand because you were lost in the problem itself. Contemplation meditation allows you to go deeper to find meaningful conclusions and answers to the situation that you have been a part of.
To practice contemplation meditation, one simply needs to have a focus and an end result of what they would like to achieve or gain answers or clarity on. When going through serious matters it’s easy to overlook all the various angles in a situation. When you are engaged in some form of contemplation meditation you can allow yourself to see the situation from multiple perspectives, which brings a higher and greater understanding of the situation.
Soul traveling meditation helps to expand your awareness through creative visualization. This form of meditation removes boundaries which tend to hold you back. Right now, you are living a life which is based on a limited paradigm. That paradigm is made up of the situations that you have become familiar with.
Imagine yourself traveling to the future or traveling to a past moment, in order to gather more information on a present situation. New medicine and important discoveries have been done via the use of soul traveling techniques.
New ideas, creative vision, new possibilities, greater healing medicine, all of these things could only have been acquired through the use of soul travel. Albert Einstein practice some form of soul travel when he made a lot of his scientific discoveries.
Many other inventors practice some form of soul travel to get new ideas.
How to : Soul Travel Meditation
soul travel takes you beyond your conscience mindset. It takes you beyond the limitations of your present mind. As you go deeper into the quiet inner space of your super conscious mind, you have access to information and ideas that you would normally be off limits to you.
Step #1 – Get a notepad and write out a clear concise goal of what you would like to gain answers on. It does not matter what it is. As long as you need guidance on a matter to gain any bit of information, even creative ideas you can use this method.
Step #2 – Place yourself in a quiet position preferably with some inspiring meditation music.
Step #3 – Imprint your internal navigator with your destination of where you want your inner spirit to go. When you are in the deep restful meditative state it is extremely important to where you end up. This is why it is extremely important that you are clear about what it is you want to do and declare it as you go off into the deep inner state of your mind.
Step #4 – The final step is to trust that your mind will lead you to the right visions, the right internal guidance and whatever else is needed to bring you to the answers and information that you seek.
As you go deeper into a meditative state, allowing the music to carry you away, all you need to do is to maintain focus on the end result.
Which is the answer and information that you seek. As you do so, you will find yourself becoming deeply relaxed. In that relaxed state visions, dreams and ideas will come to you. These ideas will supersede anything that you could possibly have gotten in your normal mindset.
These are two of the most practical forms of meditation that one would need on a regular basis. Contemplation meditation allows you to get inside of your mind to organize, rearrange and bring deeper understand into any situations you may be struggling with. While soul travel meditation brings you into a much deep state of mind where you can get inspired ideas that you would not ordinarily have gotten.
As a newbie who wants to learn how to meditate for beginners. My suggestion to you is to choose one type of meditation and make it a daily practice in your life. Get a journal and begin to write out all of the experiences that you have been encountered through these meditations.
Your goal is to become more fluent in each method by applying a daily practice. There is no need to run from one practice to the next. Ideally it is much better to develop your mental and abilities by maintaining one practice until you become comfortable in it. Also keeping a journal entry on each practice will bring about deeper and more meaningful awareness and growth as you document and learn through your own practices.