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Namaste friends, welcome again to meditation for beginners. As you know from reading some of the posts that I’ve made on meditation for beginners, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. My best advice for you is to check out this great online store that has all sorts of products for beginners learning to meditate. It will give you a great start. In fact, it is where I have found many of my best CDs on meditation.
So check them out and see what their CDs and other materials can do for you. I think you’ll be pleasantly pleased. But let’s talk a little bit about different modalities of meditation. We’ll start with Buddhist meditation for beginners as this is a system that often requires sitting.
In fact, sitting is one of the most common postures used in meditation. I will often sit in the classic half lotus position if I want a very robust and active meditation where my mind stays engaged with my body. I find this meditation posture to be tremendously beneficial for meditating with awareness.
The half lotus meditation posture position is a meditation position that is also used in chakra meditation for beginners. It is an easy way to focus on the different chakras for exceptional benefits. The chakras are not something that meditation for beginners should worry about. But soon after you’ve studied meditation types for a while, you will find that chakras will become important to you. Chakras are wheel-like vortices or energy centers in your body. They offer great meditation benefits, especially when you spend some time contemplating them and using them as focal points during healing meditations.
Kundalini meditation is part of the chakras and chakra meditation for beginners as well as yoga meditation. Probably the easiest way to describe Kundalini meditation is as a meditation that dwells at the base of the spine as coiled serpent. Because it is part of the chakras and located around the groin, it is often seen as a more physical meditative practice.
Kundalini yoga meditation is also a great meditation for beginners as it is more flexible in the postures or meditation positions that are allowed and even recommended. Oftentimes, spontaneous meditation postures are encouraged in Kundalini meditation.
In Tibetan meditation and other Buddhist meditation for beginners programs, natural hand positions are used where the left hand is laid upon the right hand naturally, with the thumbs touching, giving a somewhat Buddhist begging bowl look to the position.
In yoga meditation it is often believed that actual hand positions or what are called mudras are specifically beneficial to the mindfulness meditation and can actually alter the consciousness when practiced enough.
But as I’ve mentioned before, meditation for beginners is often best helped by lying down relaxed as the body can ache or grumble in other meditation positions if you are not used to them. Many beginners meditating, find that a meditation chair can be extremely beneficial in allowing for the focus of introspection and self reflection required of meditation for beginners.