Although Mantra meditation predates Buddhism (in ancient Vedic India tradition) it was embraced and developed by the Buddhists. The repetition of in order to obtain an enlightened state is still practiced today. Mantras are usually one word or phrase that resonates with the soul and opens one up to a higher consciousness. There are elements of mantra meditation in many of the Buddhist chants for “loving kindness” and “protection.”
Trakata, or Third Eye, meditation techniques use focus and concentration on an object to see beyond the physical plane of existence.
Yoga, also known as “moving meditation,” is a form of meditative physical exercise that may have been developed as a preparation for meditation. Yoga is a key way to increase energy and reduce blood pressure.
Tao meditation involves the generation and circulation of inner energy. This flow of energy is a powerful tool for mind, body and spirit. In the mid-1800’s in Japan, Mikao Usui developed Reiki, an advanced energy healing and life force harnessing method that had its root in Tao.
Transcendental meditation, introduced to the west in 1958 by the guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is a simple yet beneficial form of meditation. It involves sitting comfortably in silence to calm the spirit and renew the body.
In 1974, the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was published. The author explored 2 personalities that personified two distinct forms of meditation. His friend was always “in the moment,” also known as the Zen. He on the other hand was detail oriented and focused on “seeing clearly” in the tradition of Vipassana, which means “insight” and trains one to gain acceptance through self-awareness.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation with Buddhist roots that’s been developed and fine-tuned by the western world. It works well in holistic healing and stress reduction. Often guided meditations and visualization techniques are the least complicated ways to meditate. The teacher uses imagery to describe a calm, peaceful scene and lead others towards it.
During the recent Boston tragedy it was once again demonstrated that the power of shared prayer and the sending of positive energy remains one of the most powerful forces known to man. Meditation in its highest forms leads us to ourselves, to each other and finally to joy. It was Leon Bloy, the French novelist and poet, who said, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.” by Jackie x8992
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