There are different kinds of meditation. That was one of the first things that I found out about it, when I did some initial research on the subject. My reason for researching such a topic was brought about more by necessity than anything else. I have been hit by too much stress and problems lately that I have been frantically looking for answers of any kind. And the thing was, I’ve tried many different kinds of things, and none have really worked, so I was kind of frustrated, as well as getting near a point of desperation that I don’t want to be at. Fortunately someone suggested trying meditation, and that casual suggestion was what pushed me to want to know more about the process, or processes as it turned out.
Of the different meditation techniques that I have seen during my research, I was most drawn to Japa meditation. It has been one of the most popular and accepted ways of meditation, which actually clears and soothes the mind and spirit of any worries that might be troubling it. The practitioner of Japa meditation is able to focus using mantras, which are like prayers uttered over and over again, but are actually of Sanskrit origin and help get a positive response from within the individual. The process is helped along by the Japa beads, which have 108 individual beads that coincide with mantras uttered during the course of the meditation process.
The Meditation Process
Learning how to do Japa meditation has become my main objective recently. I want to get the full benefits of this practice, so I want to everything that has anything to do with it the right way.
• Before starting the meditation process, you need to make a choice about the mantra that you are going to use. It may be the name of the deity that you believe in, some words or passages from scripture.
• A prayer has to be said before commencing with the meditation. Full concentration is required when meditating, and it would be best to ask the assistance of a higher power for the endeavor. Your mind and heart must be one in its focus and seriousness of the task at hand. Begin by chanting the mantras slowly, repeating it until the meditation process is through.
• There are two forms of Japa meditation to choose: the Vaikhari Japa, where the mantras are uttered softly, like whispers; and the Manasika Japa, where the mantras are repeated silently within the mind.