Namaste friends. This post about meditation for beginners is to give you an understanding of the different meditation practices out there. Traditionally or should I say currently, meditation is seen as more of a eastern philosophy. So instead of talking about yoga meditation or Tibetan meditation or Buddhist meditation I will start with secular meditation and Judeo-Christian meditation practices.
So starting with meditation types I’d like to give you a brief overview of Jewish meditation which in fact goes back many thousands of years. Now, whatever your religious background or belief or lack there of you can learn to meditate within whatever religious experience you choose to practice. The great thing about meditation is that you can find simple meditation techniques within any of the major religions and so you do not need to see meditation for beginners as only useful if you have an affinity for eastern philosophy.
You will find that even in the beginning, in Genesis, Isaac is understood to have gone into the fields for what many people believe to be meditative practice (Genesis 24:63) And throughout the Tanach or Hebrew bible there are many references to the prophets using meditative practices as part of their religious faith. In fact, in the Old Testament there are at least 2 Hebrew words used to express what would be considered meditative practices. Meditation for beginners was also encouraged within the Tanach.
Perhaps most famously the meditation for beginners and the meditation guide for Jews is through Kabbalah. Kabbalah is by its very nature a meditative practice with the goal of the Kabbalist to join with the creator or divine.
In Christianity there is a long tradition of meditation for beginners and other forms of meditative practices. Many religions not just Christianity use healing meditations and mantra meditation to obtain a deeper spiritual understanding of their religious faith.
In Catholicism, the rosary and Adoration of the Eucharist is seen as a profoundly meditative practice where the focus is on a single object. These are easy meditation for beginners approaches that can be used for the layperson. Deeper and more profound meditation techniques are found in the monastic life.
Also among the Quakers has been the unspoken silent prayer or meditation where the focus is on the inner light of Christ or listening for that small, still voice within. This is perhaps the crux of all meditation for beginners, the awaiting of that moment of silence where we touch with the divine for even the briefest moment.
Next time we’ll start talking a little about new age meditation and eastern meditation practices and simple meditation that anyone can start incorporating into their daily routines. I’ll also talk about some tips to make meditation for beginners an easier practice than you might imagine.