Meditation that’s right for you

“Meditation” has become a bit of a buzz word lately. Know there is no right or wrong way to meditate – it’s merely training our awareness. Yoga and meditation teacher Janet Yockers encourages people to explore and understand each meditation style in order to find one that really resonates with them.

 #1 Mindfulness Meditation

This is about becoming aware of the present moment – instead of living in the past or future. Simply bring your attention back to your breath and consciously take in your surroundings, noticing the sights, sounds and smells.

 #2 Mantra Meditation

This involves using a repetitive sound like a word, phrase or noise to clear the mind. The idea is that after chanting it – you’ll become more alert to what’s happening around you, which will eventually allow you to access deeper levels of awareness.

 #3 Loving Kindness Meditation

Also known as metta meditation, this works to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness towards everything – yourself included. Grounded in deep breathing, it encourages you to open your mind to sending and receiving love. Take a deep breath and repeat, “May I be happy”.

 #4 Moving Meditation

If you find it hard to sit still, movement meditation could be for you. The best example of this is yoga, though it could be any form of movement. While doing the activity, focus on your body’s physical sensations. You should feel more grounded as a result.

 #5 Body Scan Meditation

Also called progressive relaxation, it encourages you to scan your body for areas of tension and  to release it. To try it, start at one end of your body and then work your way through to the other end. This style is said to help with chronic pain and is often used for better sleep.

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