Through the last couple of decades, the ways in which you carry out meditation have changed significantly. Lets explore how modern meditation differs from traditional old style meditation.
Meditation has been carried out for centuries; it gifts a load of benefits, going from stress reduction, emotional balance and wakefulness. By meditating you will gain a better understanding of yourself and the world that surrounds you, and you will be filled with compassion and positive feelings.
However, the way we meditate has evolved across the years. Different types of meditation pop up all the time, and are said to influence our minds in various ways. In this brief article, we will try and separate all of them in two different categories (modern meditation and traditional meditation) and explore how they differ in their unique traits.
Lets start by talking about traditional meditation. Traditionally, meditation is all about reaching mindfulness and being aware. By achieving a higher level of understanding, you will be more in touch with yourself and your surroundings. Being mindful is all about focusing on something and being conscious without letting your emotions get to you. In the past, this was done in various ways. First of all, through the repetition of mantras that had the purpose of focusing the mind. These words were spoken many times until the person that pronounced them became completely immersed in their meaning and lost track of time.
Another way was by movement meditation, which is the capacity of moving your body in a mindful manner. This could be achieved by learning meditation and yoga, both practices that soothe your mind and calm you down.
Now, lets take a better look at how meditation has developed during the last couple of decades. With the advancement of technology and the popularity that this practice has recently achieved in western society, a change in the ways of meditation was inevitable. Nowadays, it is more high-tech and it has attracted the interest of researchers that again and again have proven its efficacy on your mind. By listening to specific frequencies, we are able to focus and easily reach higher stated of consciousness.
This is modern meditation: learning how to meditate is increasingly easy and open to all of us. Here is an example of Theta Waves, a frequency that is said to stimulate and mimic the brain waves that are created when we go through a period of deep concentration.
I hope you enjoyed this article, and that you can appreciate both these different types of meditation. Let me know if you meditate the modern way, or if you prefer a more traditional approach to this discipline! For more meditation tips or if you want to learn more ways to meditate, visit the rest of my blog!