13 March 2019
Which meditation is best for you?
Meditation brings with it a range of scientific benefits including stress reduction, control over anxiety, emotional health, enhanced self-awareness, lengthened attention span, and more.
What you may not know is that there are different types of meditation techniques that work on different types of brain waves.
Just like you wouldn’t just take one vitamin, meditation is the same, as there are a vast array of options to choose from all which have different outcomes and benefits depending on which method you chose. Meditation and mindfulness get used interchangeably and they are vastly different practices.
Depending on which brainwave you are hoping to regulate (gamma, alpha, beta, delta and theta) meditation can make a real difference to your life:
Focussed Attention meditation
This style of meditation is to clear the mind of thoughts through concentration on objects, the breath or body sensations. The mind is brought back to the object of focus. In this mode of meditation thoughts are seen as a disrupter.
Benefits: creates fast gamma waves involved in learning, memory, perception, attention and awareness. It also helps reduce depression, anxiety and improves sleep. It trains the mind to focus more intently and to be less scattered in your thinking. An example of this could be to focus on a candle or a flower.
Open monitoring – mindfulness meditation
This is all about paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. Unlike Focussed attention it does not see thoughts as a disruptor, but rather it’s the content of the thoughts that matter. It’s not about stopping thinking but learning how to observe the minds content without judgement
Benefits: Slow theta waves lead to relaxed, emotionally open and connected state of mind. Improvement in attention and cognitive control and regulation. There is an app called Buddhify to help you with this kind of meditation on the go.
When you really savour the mouthful you are eating or sit and linger on the taste of something like a sultana, this is an example of mindfulness, simply being in the present moment and enjoying this sensation. A similar experience can be when you are in the shower and concentrate on the water flowing over you.
Self Trancendental Meditation (TM)
TM is not concerned with regulating thoughts or feelings and there is no mental effort required. You can think of your mind like the ocean – turbulent on the surface and calm at depth. This kind of meditation involves using a sound (mantra) with no meaning. Trancendental Meditation (TM) uses a mantra to access the silence that lies deep in the mind.
Benefits: Increases alpha waves associated with quiet flowing thoughts. Opens the imagination network for creative innovative thoughts. You can learn this on the website: Zivameditation.com or contact your local TM school. Alternatively you can try one of our courses in this kind of meditation.
Meditation and mind training are a core part of our wellness offerings at REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts and if you aren’t sure which meditation practice is right for you, we can help you work out which style is best suited to you and then we can teach you how to incorporate this practice into your daily life.
Written by Tristian Kelly
Sleep Therapist, Naturopath, Nutritionist and REVĪVŌ Brand Ambassador