When most people think of meditation, an image of a cross-legged Buddhist repeating the word, “Ohm” comes to mind. While this image paints a solid picture of what meditation looks like, it does little to represent the wide expanse that meditation really is. There are many forms of meditation, and the practice holds benefits for almost everyone.
People originally practiced meditation as a way to bring about inner peace and to bring an understanding of sacred and mystical forces. There was little understanding of how meditation worked other than doing it seemed to calm the mind for clearer thinking.
Today’s meditation practices encompass a wide range of movements, exercise, and mind-calming activities. Some forms of meditation require a person to sit still and remain mindful for periods of time. Other forms, such as yoga, Qi Gong, and Taichi, involve using slow, methodical movements and stretches to bring about relaxation and stress relief.
Practicing Meditation for Balance and Calming
Anyone can do meditation at any time – alone, in a group or with an instructor. Before doing it alone, however, it could be beneficial to spend some time with an instructor who can teach you the proper way to conduct your body and your mind to get the most from your meditation sessions. Beginners and those seeking balance within their bodies often prefer a guided meditation to train the mind to be quieter.