For thousands of years, meditation has been used as a vehicle to reach the spiritual center of the people from the East. Nowadays, however, people from the West are also discovering meditation, yoga and other ancient traditions of the East. It seems that the desire for achieving contentment and inner peace is gaining momentum particularly because the modern world is so fast-paced and stressful. One thing you need to remember is that there are many ways in which you can do your meditation. There is no single position or method that is better than others. Below are some of the most common meditation methods that you can perform easily.
One of the most popular meditation methods is the sitting meditation. You can easily achieve an altered state and reach your spiritual center by sitting in one area without moving. This would be best achieved in a room or place that is peaceful and silent. Some people play soft background music so that they won’t fall asleep during the process. The key to being successful with your meditation is to find a sitting position that best suits you. You can either seat on the floor with your legs crossed or you can sit comfortably on a chair with a cushion.
If you feel that you cannot do meditation on your own, you can always try the guided meditation method. This simply means that you are trying to discover your spiritual center and achieve an altered state of consciousness with the help of a teacher. You really do not have to attend a meditation session in person. There are many tapes and CDs that will teach you to achieve inner peace through affirmations and positive feedback instead of visualization. This meditation method is best for people who need to boost self confidence and forget their negative emotional baggage.
Believe it or not, healthy yoga is also one way of achieving peace and meditation. If you think that the breathing and stretching exercises are only aimed at increasing flexibility and improving physical health, then you are mistaken. Yoga is also an effective method in helping you discover your inner spiritual center. The main purpose of yoga is to achieve peace and stillness through the proper alignment of your body. Come to think of it, many mentalists and circus performers use yoga in order to train their minds to transcend fear, discomfort and pain while they are performing difficult tasks. So you may want to consider integrating yoga and meditation into your lifestyle as well.