How to get started with Mindfulness Meditation?
The practice of learning mindful meditation is simple and only requires sitting quietly with eyes closed, focusing on one’s breath while allowing any thoughts that arise pass through without judgment or interference.
During the practice, it’s important to pay attention and become aware of any sensations in the body like heat or tightness in the muscles. It is also important to focus on the breath without trying to change its rhythm or depth.
A common mindful meditation practice involves focusing attention on the breath, while silently repeating a mantra word or phrase. The mantra word is used to bring your mind back to the present moment when thoughts are allowed to pass through.
Select a mantra phrase and try this practice for yourself.
Types of Mindful Meditation
There are many types of mindful meditation, but what they’ll have in common is that they use the senses as a mental anchor during meditation practice. Some common types of mindful meditation include mantra meditation, visualization meditation, body scan meditation, loving kindness meditation, and breath meditation.
These techniques can be practiced individually or combined in a single meditation session.