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“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb
While most of us are familiar with traditional forms of meditation, such as mindfulness and guided visualization, there exists a mesmerizing world of unusual meditation styles that are sure to spark curiosity and intrigue. We invite you to explore the lesser-known paths of meditation that offer a glimpse into the uncharted territories of the mind and spirit.
1. Laughter Meditation: Embrace the joy of laughter as a gateway to serenity. Find a quiet space and sit comfortably. Start with deep breaths, allowing yourself to relax. Then, begin laughing naturally or intentionally. Let the laughter flow, free from judgment or inhibition. Feel the tension melt away, replaced by an uplifting sense of joy and release.
2. Binaural Beats Meditation: Harmony in Harmonics Step into the world of binaural beats, where sound frequencies dance in perfect harmony with your brainwaves. Simply find a quiet and comfortable space, put on your headphones, and listen to the audio with different frequencies played in each ear, allowing your brain to synchronize and enter a state of deep relaxation, enhanced focus, or even lucid dreaming. Try Binaural beats in Theta waves here:
3. Sensory Meditation: Dive into the world of sensory meditation, where each sense becomes a portal to mindfulness. Engage in mindful eating, savouring each bite with full attention. Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of nature. Let the sensations of touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound awaken your awareness, finding serenity in the richness of your sensory experiences. Try our Six Sense Haven Wellbeing Box here:
4. Candle Flame Meditation (Trataka): Enter the depths of your consciousness with candle flame meditation. Light a candle and sit in front of it at eye level. Gaze softly at the flame without blinking for as long as you can. As your mind becomes calm and focused, let go of distractions and delve into the realms of inner wisdom and heightened awareness.
5. Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku): Immerse yourself in the healing embrace of nature through forest bathing. Find a serene forest or natural setting. Walk mindfully, engaging all your senses. Breathe in the fresh air and allow the sights, sounds, and scents of the forest to captivate your awareness. Embrace the calming energy of the trees and the Earth, experiencing a profound sense of rejuvenation and harmony.
6. Dark Room Meditation: Venture into the depths of your consciousness with dark room meditation. Create a completely dark space, free from external light. Sit comfortably in this darkness and allow your senses to heighten. As the external world fades away, explore the vast expanse of inner stillness and profound insights. Dark room meditation is believed to facilitate deep spiritual experiences and awakenings.
7. Gong Bath Meditation: Experience the power of sound healing with a gong bath meditation. Lie down in a comfortable position. A gong master will play the gong, producing a symphony of vibrational frequencies. Surrender to the resonating sound as it penetrates every cell of your being. Gong baths not only soothe the body but also unlock dormant energies, providing a gateway to higher states of consciousness.
8. Floating Meditation (Float Tank Therapy): Surrender to the weightlessness of floating meditation in a sensory deprivation tank. Step into a tank filled with warm water and dissolved Epsom salt, allowing you to effortlessly float on the surface. Close the lid to immerse yourself in darkness and silence. The sensory deprivation fosters a deeply meditative state, reducing external stimuli and promoting introspection. Float tank therapy offers profound relaxation, pain relief, and heightened creativity.
9. Sufi Whirling Meditation (Sama): Sufi Whirling Meditation (Sama) is a sacred dance of divine connection and spiritual ecstasy, where the movement becomes a path to inner stillness and profound self-realization. Stand tall in a sacred space, gently spinning counterclockwise with arms outstretched, fixating your gaze on a point as you surrender to the dance. Enter a state of transcendence, seeking divine union, and find stillness amidst the motion, embracing the dance of wholeness and expressing gratitude for the transformative experience.
10. Crystal grid meditation is a powerful technique that combines the energy of multiple crystals arranged in a sacred geometric pattern to amplify your intentions. To create a crystal grid, select different crystals based on their properties and meanings. Place them in a specific pattern on a flat surface, focusing on your intention throughout the process. Once the grid is set, sit or lie down nearby, and allow the collective energy of the crystals to harmonize and enhance your meditation. The sacred geometry and interconnected crystals create a potent energy field that magnifies your intentions.
Embrace your inner explorer, and let these captivating practices guide you beyond the familiar. May you find serenity, healing, and enlightenment through the unusual in your meditative pursuits.