Spiritual Meditation: Techniques & Benefits

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Meditation vs. Spiritual Meditation: What Is the Difference?

Before we go further, let’s answer a basic question: what’s the difference between “regular” meditation practice and spiritual meditation? What is spiritual meditation in the first place?

How Can I Experience the Benefits of Meditation?

Find the Right Place

For any spiritual meditation technique to be effective, it needs to occur at the right location. Fortunately, you can meditate and receive spiritual benefits anywhere, provided you are comfortable at that place. Some of the best places to engage in spiritual meditation include:

  • Your bedroom
  • A park
  • A deck or patio
  • Your living room

Choose the Right Time

Similarly, you will benefit if you pick the right time to engage in spiritual meditation practice. For many people, this is right after waking up or shortly before bed, but you can meditate whenever it feels most comfortable and beneficial for you.

Get Comfortable

The best spiritual meditation techniques require personal comfort. You need to be able to turn off your sense of body awareness to some extent and focus on your inner self. That means physical distractions or discomforts need to be removed or alleviated as much as possible.

Consider Music or Ambient Sounds

Found your spot? Got comfy?

Focus on Breath

Sit on your cushion or elsewhere and cross your legs (or otherwise get comfortable). Play your audio track if you have selected one, and close your eyes.

Reflect on Yourself

As you meditate, acknowledge all your thoughts and allow them to turn your mind’s eye inward gradually. For some, it helps to imagine a light or other metaphorical object at the body’s core. Feel its warmth or presence and let it draw you inward and deeper to a state of centeredness.

Choose a Prayer

As your meditation session concludes (either in time with your music or based on some other time or you set), you can choose to say a prayer to wrap up the spiritual experience. The prayer doesn’t have to be based on religion, although it can be if that feels right to you.

Practice — Don’t Give Up

The best technique for spiritual meditation is to meditate frequently. As with any skill, you’ll become better at spiritual meditation as you practice it. Lots of new meditators don’t know what to expect and don’t find spiritual meditation to be very beneficial, at least at first.

What Are the Benefits of Spiritual Meditation?

Spiritual meditation can bring many physical and mental benefits to your life. For example, when you practice and eventually master spiritual meditation, you might notice mental benefits like:

  • Better control over your emotions and less reactivity
  • A stronger or more balanced sense of self or being. This might help you discover your dreams or come up with a new direction for your life.
  • A sense of inner calm and peace that remains so even if exterior circumstances become stressful
  • Boosted creativity
  • More self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Visualization of goals
  • Less physical stress or anxiety. You might find that spiritual meditation lowers how much cortisol flows through your body, which is a critical stress hormone.
  • Improved pain management or less discomfort. This could be due to the release of endorphins: feel-good hormones that your body might release when it becomes used to spiritual meditation.
  • Improved sleep. As spiritual meditation calms the mind and body, you might find that your sleep is more restorative or that it’s easier to go to sleep after a hectic day.

Summary

Spiritual meditation is a great way to get started on the path to better mental and emotional health. At 1AND1 Life, we’re dedicated to helping people discover more aspects of holistic wellness, including helping them learn good strategies to deal with life’s challenges.

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