Three ways to learn to meditate

In terms of popularity, meditation is catching up with yoga. In fact, they belong to the same tradition. Yoga is a Sanskrit word that refers to the yoking together of the body and the mind.

I find that the most effective meditation techniques are silent. Here’s a quick guide to three of the most popular ones, so you can discover which suits you best:

Mindfulness

According to my friend Shamash Alidina, author of Mindfulness for Dummies, this technique has four aspects: being present, acceptance, curiosity and compassion. Mindfulness is the starting point for The Art of Letting Go.

Mantra meditation

Mantra is another Sanskrit term meaning mind instrument. It enables us to go beyond – or transcend – ordinary consciousness, hence the term Transcendental Meditation. TM is deeply restful. Creative ideas and solutions to problems often appear spontaneously. It can also reduce jet lag and blood pressure. You can learn it at http://uk.tm.org/ and http://meditationtrust.com

Silent Sufi meditation

In silent Sufi meditation we move our attention away from the intellect/ego and towards the heart. Although this is a spiritual practice, many who have learned it have experienced physical effects in the early stages. You can learn it free of charge at http://schoolofsufiteaching.org

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