It’s good to be passionate about work, but that passion is not at all good for our bodies when we engage ourselves excessively in projects, without taking proper rest. This results in stress. This is how certain days seem stressful while certain don’t.
This article will show you various types of meditation techniques that you can do while you are having a “stressful day.” The moment you realize that the day is becoming stressful, stop all activities and find a quiet place to sit and relax. Pick up and read a meditation technique from the list below, that you think will suit your routine best, and then practice that meditation technique for at least twenty minutes every day.
1. Guided Meditation
If you’re a beginner then you might find guided meditations as the best way to start meditating. Guided meditations come in various formats such as MP3s, CDs, etc. In the guided meditation recordings, generally an expert (or a guru) will speak softly and guide you in the process of meditation.
You can carry the guided meditation files with you anywhere, on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. In the guided meditation files, the meditation expert gives instructions on breath, focus and imagination, which draws your attention out of the things happening in the world outside, and helps you to focus on your inside (or self).
2. Brainwave Entrainment
This has been one of the most revolutionary technologies that helped mankind meditate better. Usually, it takes years of training for most people to reach higher levels of awareness through meditation, but brainwave entrainment has changed all of that. With brainwave entrainment technology, anyone can meditate like an expert Buddhist monk, in a matter of minutes.
Brainwave entrainment uses a special audio technology where sound waves are altered to bring about a change in your attention and focus. The mind can reach various states of consciousness in deep meditation through any one particular binaural beat designed for a particular brainwave entrainment program.
3. Concentrative Meditation
This meditation technique involves focusing on one particular thing throughout the meditation session. For example, one can think of an image, an object, a sound or a mantra; and focus on it continuously. Actually, if you keep focusing on something positive, then the negative will automatically stay out of your domain.
You can keep repeating an affirmation to yourself like: “I love and approve of myself,” or “I am at peace,” etc. You can also keep your hand gently on your heart and concentrate on your heartbeat. Alternatively, you can also do the Japa Meditation where a powerful Sanskrit word or mantra is repeated in multiples of 108 on a rosary bead necklace.
4. Practice Mindfulness
This requires playing with the thoughts in your mind a little bit. Stress has its roots in our inability to control: a situation; or many situations at once. While practicing mindfulness, you’ll let all the thoughts wander in your head, but you will not judge them or stop them. You will let those stressful moments flow in peace.
Mindfulness meditation helps you to forget the past; be fearless about the future; and focus on the present moment. With the help of this meditation technique you will stop worrying about anything and everything, while concentrating just on yourself. Try practicing love, kindness, and forgiveness during this session.
5. Yoga or Tai Chi
Both these ancient meditation techniques rely heavily on body movement and breathing pattern for meditation purposes. According to research, these two ways are the best ways to meditate for well being. If you can, then do a quiet mediation to either warm up for, or cool down after a Yoga or Tai Chi session.
Yoga uses different postures along with breathing exercises to take control over the body and mind, and keep them at peace. Tai Chi is a type of martial arts that uses the movements of a gentle series of postures to meditate. All gentle postures are practiced with controlled breathing.
Remember, it’s ultimately you who will decide whether the day will be stressful or not. With the meditation techniques highlighted above, you can turn any stressful day into the most productive day. All you have to do is schedule at least twenty minutes—preferably thirty minutes—and practice meditation to relieve stress.
Try out all of the above meditation techniques for at least a week to see which technique helps you in fighting stress quickly and easily. Pick that technique and master it. After which, no day ever in your future shall ever be stressful.