The Most Simple Ways To Meditate – [Updated 2020]
What is the most simple ways to meditate? Now more than ever we have easy access to so many ways to meditate. Instant access to lots of different styles of meditation and meditation schools of thought.
But still, I meet so many students who are confused by what meditation actually is. Some think meditation is about guided meditations or associate meditation just with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teachings. Others wrongly think meditation is about stopping your thoughts or controlling your breath.
Meditation is the art of present awareness, the art of being so fully in the moment, that you naturally move beyond your thoughts. Meditation is about being not doing. Meditation is about letting go and loosening our attachment to our thoughts and too many things we try to hold on to. Meditation is the door to the self and to the stillness within you.
So Many Different Types Of Meditation
Even though there are many different types of meditation that can help you be more in the moment. As a meditation teacher for many years, I can tell you the most simple forms of meditation are usually the most effective way. It is not the actual technique that makes it hard or difficult but how you approach it.
Yes, the right meditation skills can make it a lot easier to reach present state awareness. The right meditation practice will help access that peace, that stillness whenever you want. But the confusion around meditation is actually how we perceive.
As someone who has meditated for 28 years and has studied quite a few types of meditation. I have witnessed a huge shift in awareness around meditation over the last 10- 15 years. But there is still a lot of distorted perceptions, misunderstanding, and misinformation.
It is extremely positive and refreshing that so many people are seeking such a powerful life skill and way of being. But for the beginner who wants to learn meditation, it can also be very confusing. Meditation and mindfulness are very much buzz words in the online world. Millions of people write about meditation, while others use the word mindfulness to describe a course they are offering. While actually missing the point of what meditation and mindfulness really mean. There are a lot of myths and distortions about what the art of meditation really means.
How To Choose The Right Style Of Meditation Class For You
With so many different styles of meditation classes and teachers to choose from it can be difficult to choose the right teacher. The reality is some types of meditation take more practice than others feel any benefits and to master. While some modern meditations are generally quicker, easy to fit in and and learn. Many traditional forms of meditation can really help us to make meditation a way of being.
The reality is every students original reason for learning to meditate maybe different. Many students’ like the idea of meditating like a little buddha. But in reality, many meditation students find that sort of discipline that takes to meditate 20 minutes twice a day too challenging. Something I started to notice very quickly, when I first began to teach meditation many years ago.
But after being asked to teach meditation to some challenging teenagers. I went seeking a style of meditation technique more appropriate for teachers and those with very busy lifestyles. A meditation too perfect for beginners and those with a very low attention span. It was then I came across Qi Gong style’s of meditation. I took one of these techniques and adapted into a less than 5-minute meditation to teach in schools. Not realising at the time, this would become my most popular meditation technique, anxiety and stress-busting technique for 20 years.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction courses is an example of a latest fad in meditation and stress management approaches in the western world over the last 5 or more years. MBSR was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn who took some of the original Buddhist Mindfulness teachings and adapted them into a more modern stress reduction program.
As a meditation teacher, I have studied and taught various styles of meditation traditional and modern. And what I have been reminded over and over again is some of the most simple ways to meditate are the most powerful.
Here is a sample of some of the simplest meditation techniques I have used and trained in.
- Traditional Breath Meditation– is one of the oldest versions of meditation, which involves being an observer of your breath. It involves making sure you let go of any need to try and control or change your breath. Get FREE access to my Traditional Breath Meditation today. Although simple, very stressed out beginners can get very easily distracted and find no 2 more effective at the start.
- 5 Minute Meditation– My most popular meditation technique by clients and students over 18 years. This very simple and easy meditation takes just over 4 minutes, I adapted it from a style of Qi Gong. I originally used this meditation tool working with easily distracted teenagers. But it soon became popular with busy professionals, to exhausted carers and even young kids.
- QE is a technique that induces deep stillness instantly. A very useful tool to aid the client or student who struggled with taking time out, switching off or relaxing. And for chronic pain sufferers.
- Mantra Meditation – is often used in yoga, specific mantra’s like OM all have different meanings and different healing benefits. Modern styles of meditation use useful mantras that are also affirmations that can be stress-reducing anchors such as relax, peace. I teach some of these mantras’s in my Meditation, Mindfulness and Affirmation Program
- Mindfulness – help’s you be more present, more in the moment, be more consciously aware of your thoughts, actions, behaviours.
- Transcendental Meditation- is a simple based mantra-based technique practiced 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
- Guided Meditation– technically in many ways not the same sort of meditation technique as above as guided visualisations are in many ways guided journeys. Guided visualisations are extremely therapeutic at moving the mind away from negative thoughts to more pleasant healing thoughts, relaxation or sleep. But technically they do not loosen or attachment to our thoughts.
The above meditation techniques are just a few of the most simple ways to meditate effectively.
But for many beginners, who are so used to being busy or distracted, the traditional 20 meditation can seem so long. That is why I always suggest to students they build up their practice to 20 minutes slowly. This is just one of the tools in my 28 Days of Meditation, Mindfulness & Affirmation Course which teaches a variety of meditation, mindfulness tools, mantras and affirmations.
Or start with something like my 5 Minute Meditation, ideal for work, public transport, waiting rooms…It is so simple kids can use it.
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[This blog was originally written may 2017 and has been updated 2 April 2020]