3 meditation techniques for you to try

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Not Your Average Yogis

When many of us think of mediation, images of yogis sitting in mountain caves, monks spending years pondering zen koans, or wandering ascetics voluntarily giving up everything we've come to accept as part of being human, clothing included, may come to mind.  While all of these can be seen as aspects of meditation and the pursuit of spiritual knowledge, none of them is necessary for the development of a meditation practice.
 
Meditation, in its simplest form, is simply focusing, being in the present moment, which is great news, because meditation can be done while doing (or not doing) literally anything. 
 
One form of meditation and one of the most common and traditional forms is sitting mediation.  During sitting mediation, a number of options for deepening the meditative practice are available, including:  focusing on the breath alone, counting, and focusing on the thoughts.
 
Another form of meditation, which may appeal to those who prefer physical activity over sitting, walking mediation.  Walking mediation can range in scope from just a simple walk in nature to a lessening of the walking pace up to one half to one quarter of normal walking speed while taking in every minute detail of one's surroundings, a practice that is done multiple times per day in some mindfulness retreats.
 
Finally, for those who are looking for a way to short circuit the constant stream of thoughts that tend to enter the mind during mediation and, according to many traditions, quicken the self-realization process, the use of a mantra, or a combination of sounds, words, or phrases, may be the answer.  Mantras may be used in concert with other types of meditation or as a practice in and of themselves, and they can be used anywhere, even on the commute to and from work.
 
These are just a few examples of the many ways to practice meditation, so if one of them calls to you, feel free to give it a try.  Remember, it takes about 21 days to form a lasting habit, so if you'd like to develop a regular practice, know that it might take some time to make it a part of your routine. 
 
Happy meditating!

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