Throughout my time in therapy, I have tried and tested almost every single form of meditation you could possibly think of, each type having a varying success rate.
In this blog post, I will include the three methods of meditation that I used the most out of every method I have tried and tested as it may prove helpful, or it may just be interesting. Who knows, either way, here they are.
Bodyscan Meditation by far my favourite and most used form of meditation. Bodyscan Meditation is done by becoming aware of your body and the way it feels, evaluating each limb and sensation separately, allowing the performer to process each feeling individually, changing any negative sensations accordingly. For example, if you’re sitting upright in a chair I would start at my toes moving up to my legs, hips, back etc. If I was uncomfortable I would change position or if I felt tense I would try and think why this could be, considering how I could adjust my behaviour or actions to prevent this in future.
I would regularly do a body scan in the shower to relax or to get myself off to sleep whilst in bed, reflecting upon the previous day.
2. Third Eye
Third Eye Meditation is done by concentrating your attention on your third eye which is said it to be located, you guessed it, between your eyes in the middle of your forehead. As you sit and breathe calmly you regularly refocus your attention to your third eye as a way to silence the busy thoughts that could be clouding your head. I found this worked really well for me as a means to literally silence that little anxious weirdo in my head that wouldn’t let me sleep at night. I used to joke that my third eye was like the contraption from A Series Of Unfortunate Events which starts fires.
3. Guided Imagery
Guided imagery works by using one’s imagination in order to relax by visualising different scenarios, objects or scenery etc that are comforting or can be used as tools in order to ease you into a better sense of self. I always found this more helpful as a form of distraction and a way to soothe myself if I felt I was on the brink of a panic attack or an outburst. I always think about the stables I learnt to ride in. My bedroom. Places I am comfortable. Places I am happy.
Meditation isn’t for everyone, similar to most things. It goes without saying that some things just aren’t for you, but you won’t know unless you try it first. Life isn’t like marmite, you don’t love it or hate it – it’s complex and weird and long but oh so short. Complex things don’t need to be understood they just need to be appreciated. Be mindful of yourself and others. Be as happy as you can.