Meditation Has Many Styles, But Only Three Techniques
- Ego will help you with understanding your inner life.
“Whatever you do to meditate is not meditation.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
1. Attention Redirection
- Meditation is most often taught as attention redirection.
- Your attention wanders, and you learn to refocus your attention.
- You keep redirecting your attention to your breath, counting, environment, mantra, physical activity, walking, yoga posture, etc.
- This practice develops attention control.
- When refocusing on your physical activity, this practice is often called mindfulness.
2. Attention Following
- Meditation is taught by some as following or hearing something out.
- Your attention wanders, and you learn to follow out whatever and wherever it goes.
- You keep following out, hearing out, and listening out whatever it is that you find yourself paying attention to.
- This practice develops awareness, focus, and singleness of mind.
- One recommended author for this style of mediation is J. Krishnamurti.
3. Attention Diffusion
- Trancing is the third kind of meditation.
- Self-hypnosis or zoning out is a form of trancing.
- Mindless repetition is often used as a method to induce trance states.
- Many forms of meditation practice are used for trance induction.
- Trance states are often mistaken for quietude or serenity.
#Meditation #Acceptance: 2020-04-16
1. When you meditate, the task is to pay full attention to whatever happens inside you, and that includes your mind becoming annoyed with distractions, trying to suppress any interference, and trying to force your attention to stay focused on whatever it was focused on before the distraction or interruption.
2. When you meditate, don’t fight thoughts that interfere with your concentration; instead, pay attention to your attention and where it goes.
3. When you meditate, don’t resist distractions from noises that interfere with your focus; instead, listen to them until they cease or you naturally focus on something else.
4. When you meditate, don’t fight physical interruptions such as from pain or insects; instead, pay attention to them and make any proper adjustments that you can.
5. When you meditate, don’t resist any distraction to your paying attention to your present state of being; instead, pay attention to your being distracted and observe out that distraction (pay attention to your attention).