There are many meditation techniques in the world. Most of them are improvised to suit individual religions. Meditation can help your life to an extraordinary degree. However, you don't need to be a Buddhist to meditate. Meditation can put you in touch with the real you, we are spirit and we can realize this and link deep within ourselves.

What is meditation? We think that we are in control of our mind but that's not the truth. Most of the time our mind is in total control. That's why it makes us depressed, angry or jealous even though we don't like those feelings. That's because we are used to conditional thinking. If we are in control of our mind we should be able to be happy regardless of what ever happens in out side world, right? To achieve that deep mental relaxation we need to practice our mind. Its not easy, but its worth trying.

Meditation is used by almost all psychics, clairvoyants and medium readers. All mediums are psychic and move to the level of being mediums by raising their consciousness to a higher level, thereby linking into messages from spirit, practice, practice, and practice with any spiritual subject and the results will show for themselves.

Types of Meditative Techniques:
There are many different ways to meditate. Here I’ll mention some basic categories of meditation techniques so you can understand some of the main options and how they differ from one another. This is not an exhaustive list, but it can give you some ideas.

Basic Meditation Techniques: This involves sitting in a comfortable position and just trying to quiet your mind by thinking of nothing. It’s not always easy to do this if you don’t have practice with it. But a good way to begin is to think of yourself as an ‘observer of your thoughts,’ just noticing what the narrative voice in your head says, but not engaging it. As thoughts materialize in your mind, just let them go. That’s the basic idea.

Focused Meditation Techniques: With this technique, you focus on something intently, but don’t engage your thoughts about it. You can focus on something visual, like a statue; something auditory, like a metronome or tape of ocean waves; something constant, like ‘unconditional compassion’. Some people find it easier to do this than to focus on nothing, but the idea is the same -- staying in the present moment and circumventing the constant stream of commentary from your conscious mind, and allowing yourself to slip into an altered state of consciousness.

Activity-Oriented Meditation Techniques: With this type of meditation, you engage in a repetitive activity, or one where you can get ‘in the zone’ and experience ‘flow.’ Again, this quiets the mind, and allows your brain to shift. Activities like yoga can all be effective forms of meditation.
Mindfulness Techniques: Mindfulness can be a form of meditation that, like activity-oriented meditation, doesn’t really look like meditation. It simply involved staying in the present moment rather than thinking about the future or the past. (Again, this is more difficult than it seems!)

Focusing on sensations you feel in your body is one way to stay ‘in the now;’ focusing on emotions and where you feel them in your body (not examining why you feel them, but just experiencing them as sensations) is another.

Spiritual Meditating: Meditation can also be a spiritual practice. Many people experience meditation as a form of prayer -- the form where God 'speaks,' rather than just listening. That’s right; many people experience ‘guidance’ or inner wisdom once the mind is quiet, and meditate for this purpose. You can meditate on a singular question until an answer comes (though some would say this is engaging your thinking mind too much), or meditate to clear their mind and accept whatever comes that day.

Some of the Benefits of Meditation are:
1. Improved concentration 2. Reduction of stress 3. Mental relaxation 4. Being able to control anger/stress/jealousy 5. Cheerful attitudes 6. A distraction from the outside world becomes insignificant 7. Positive attitude towards life 8. Decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate 9. reduction of free radicals, reduce tissue damage 10. Slows down of aging process. 11. Decreased irritability and moodiness.
As can be seen there are many benefits, free from emotional baggage and with more positivist this should in most cases increase a life span.
Search online and you will find many guides to both basic meditation and also more advanced versions, of which can be used for advancement of & also uncovering of your own psychic abilities.

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Rachel Ann writes for the psychic arena
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