The techniques given in the Meditation Easy App make you understand the background behind a particular technique and guide you into learning the technique, so that one day you can leave the app behind and meditate on your own. To start off with meditation as a first timer, 10 easy meditation techniques from the program are:
1. BODY CENTERING -
It generally happens that even though we may be seated in a very comfortable position, we have a restlessness to move. 'Body centering' is a technique which helps you to let go of that urge to fidget and find a completely aware and conscious physical state to go deep into your meditation. During this meditation technique, the body is absolutely still and at total rest position. In order to become a good meditator, it is important to be attentive and aware of ourselves letting us be in control of our physical state first and then moving to our inner self.
2. BODY SCAN -
We many a times take our body for granted and do not understand the tension that it is carrying with us. There is a sophisticated sync between our mind and body. Thus, if our mind is not peaceful, it affects our body and vice-versa. Being aware of our physical body and consciously relaxing them gives way to a calmer mind. If we do not release this stress, it keeps on piling up resulting in illnesses. The 'Body Scan' technique helps you reach deeper levels of relaxation and an understanding to direct your awareness, which is necessary for different meditation techniques.
3. THE SECRET OF BREATH -
Breathing is life. It is a very natural function which keeps us alive. There is a deep connection between our breathing and our state of mind. Our breathing changes instantly as our mood does. We never ponder over how we can improve and control our breathing which would in turn help us be in control of our mental state. In this technique which harps on controlling your breathing, there are two basic techniques to learn- Abdominal breathing and Prana activation. These simple breathing methods can bring about a major change to daily life and lay an essential foundation to advance in deeper meditative states.
4. FROM OLD TO NEW -
We are all aware of the fact that present is the reality and nobody can change that. Our past is gone and the future is yet to come. In spite of knowing this fact, we are so glued to our past phase that we picture our future with reference to the events happened before. Our future becomes nothing but a loop of past days which loses the newness of the whole present and future ideas. This technique helps to understand that it is extremely important to free ourselves from the chains of the past and keep an open soul to all the infinite possibilities that come our way.
5. BE HERE AND NOW -
We are so immersed in the thoughts of judging our past and painting a picture of our future that we hardly ever think of the present moment and be conscious about it and live in it. This technique again tells us the importance of breathing which, if we observe consciously, takes us and lets us connect to the present moment.
6. A MEDITATIVE APPLE A DAY -
This is a technique of exploring mindfulness in every small action we do. When our mind and body learn a certain new technique, for example riding a bicycle, our body involuntarily functions in carrying out that action when it is done over many times. Same is the case with eating and we may engage in other activities alongside eating. We lose the essence of enjoying one thing at a time. In 'A Meditative Apple A Day' , you learn to eat with complete mindfulness and awareness, experiencing the beauty of every small bite.
7. STILLNESS OF THOUGHTS -
The flow of our thoughts is continuously going on. This session has two techniques to go deeper in your thought processes. Meditation techniques are a way to be able to stop your thoughts and be still to a non-thinking state. Thinking can be also be described as an inner chat within yourself. Even though you may not be speaking aloud, you continue to chat with your inner self and that too in a particular language. On the other hand, when you are actually speaking, your tongue is the medium to let out your thoughts, being the centre of speech. The 'Stillness of Thoughts' techniques takes you to a state of non-thinking using the association between your thoughts and your tongue.
8. PRANABALANCE -
Yogic traditions say that 'Prana' is the vital energy source of life. It says that we receive life through breathing which flows in and out of us keeping us alive. The traditions go further saying that certain characteristics affect our body depending upon which nostril we breathe from. The right nostril has vitals necessary for physical activity and analytical abilities whereas the left nostril relates to intuition, feeling and creativity. We never notice but our breathing keeps switching after intervals from right to left nostrils. This process forms the basis of pranayam. In the 'Pranabalance' technique, we can acquire the skill to balance the flow of 'Prana' consciously which leads to a harmonious functioning of mind and body and help us explore layers of meditative states.
9. PAUSE IN A PAUSE -
We are so involved in our routines because of the high paced life that we start drifting apart from our own self. We keep living in the outside world which becomes monotonous thus making us forget our inner self. The 'Pause in a pause' technique helps us take a break from the outside world and turn back to our own inner world. The moments between inhaling and exhaling are those moments which stop all movement in our worldly activities as well as inner movements which consist of our feelings of emotions, desires and fears. These moments take you to your centre and absolute being and enjoy the purity of your soul.
10. BLUE SKY -
Our mind is like still water and reflects whatever you see, inside it. If you are in crowded place, you take in a thousand feelings and it makes you feel heavy inside. Using this technique, you can immerse yourself into the clear sky and observe its emptiness and silence all your thoughts giving your mind an open space and observing the vastness within.
These 10 techniques of meditation will give you a head start and gradually level up your meditations. Using these techniques will not only help you to be a better meditator but also help you to find out what is the best way for you to enter into meditation.