I’m super excited about starting this 4-week meditation series! So many great things can come from meditating, and I’m eager to explore.
The list of benefits is endless: reduce stress, manage anxiety and depression, enhance spiritual wellness, improve focus and memory, increase patience, enhance awareness, improve sleep, manage pain, lower blood pressure and more!
Different Kinds of Meditation
In the past, when I heard “meditation”, I would picture someone sitting in the lotus position, listening to sounds of a babbling brook and continuously breathing, “om”.
And that can be part of it.
What I didn’t realize was that there are sooo many different forms of meditation from different religions and cultures: Buddhist, Hindu, Chinese, Christian, etc. There are different postures, movements, vocabulary and tools, and various forms of meditation can have different benefits or outcomes.
I plan to focus on mainly Christian-based types of meditation during this 4-week series. I pray daily, but lately it’s been a lot of just me talking to God and not a lot of listening.
A few things I am hoping to find through my meditation journey include:
- To become a better listener.
- Better focus and a calm mind.
- To enhance my relationship with God and become more aware of what He wants for me.
- To reduce stress and anxiety.
- Enhance my overall spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing.
What the 4 week series will look like:
I will try a different form of meditation each week and post regular updates on my findings. I’ll discuss what I did, tools I used, what I learned and thoughts on the experiences.
This is what I have planned for the next 4 weeks:
Week 1: Focused meditation: I will focus only on breathing in quiet for 5-10 minutes.
Week 2: Guided meditation: I will meditate with an audio guide for 10-20 minutes.
Week 3: Movement meditation: I will try different forms of meditation with movement.
Week 4: Meditation through reading: My sister gave me a daily meditation book, and I will meditate on passages from this book as well as parts of scripture.