The straight and forward way of answering whether brainwave entrainment audios should be the first type of meditation you should use depends on what type of person you are.
In my opinion, binaural beats are one part of brainwave entrainment audios and are the easiest way to start. But if you can’t seem to connect with just sitting there and just listening to “boring music”, there are many alternatives you can use in your practice.
The following will cover different types of meditation, experiences you might have and topics you will want to be answered. You will understand meditation do’s and don’ts, opinions and questions that might seem unusual, or contradictory to the norm of what is usually taught.
Different Types of Meditation Practices
These different suggestions are alternatives to brainwave entrainment audios. Obviously, there are many more ways to center and focus on self, but I have provided the most popular or talked about alternatives.
You will also receive a shift of consciousness if you commit to them, but the outcome might take longer or a bit more difficult to achieve, unlike binaural beats.
Mindfulness Meditation is observing what comes up, in your designated time for yourself to be present. There will be a couple more meditations that are similar to mindfulness meditation but have different aspects to them.
Mindfulness is allowing yourself to be without judgment. Most of the time we do not hold space for the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that come up as beings on this earth. When you take a few moments to be mindful of everything that is you, you become less conflicted with the life you are living.
This meditation is perfect for those that can not imagine sitting still for one minute, let along 30 to 60 minutes. This meditation requires you to find a safe path that does not involve complete attention to your surroundings. This means, if you are in the busiest part of New York, you might want to postpone this meditation.
This meditation is done with the awareness of what you take for granted. During your walk, focus on every moment that is required to propel yourself forward. That means, shifting your weight from onside to another, lifting your leg, flexing your foot upward, etc. Your attention and focus should only be on the moments that are required to walk. The step by step process for walking mediations can be found in this very helpful meditation video.
For those individuals that can imagine one moment just sitting and doing nothing, this type of Yoga Meditation should be right up your lane. If movement is how you process information and emotions, having to sit for no reason every day can make you more frustrated and stressed.
There are different types of yoga you could choose from. Moving to the positions required in yoga, requires you to focus, concentration and be conscious of the mind’s chatter, telling you not to stay with the pose. In meditation, it is important to focus on your breath.
In a Yogic practice, emptying your mind and allowing your breath to help you relax into the pose is important.
Other yoga meditations also allow you to fix your attention on focused sounds, the third eye, breathing, objects or different tantra techniques. The last form of yoga meditation is kundalini meditation.
The next meditation is important in yoga, but because many advice against trying this yogic meditation without the guidance of an experienced yogi, it may be one you should not try alone as a beginner.
Once again, this meditation is also perfect for those that want to corporate movement into their meditative practice. Incorporating movement and breath to control the uncontrollable mind is another way to help you come closer to becoming your whole self.
You can incorporate movement in the normal seated position before you become still and your mindfulness practices. This guided meditation can help you get started if you are interested in incorporating Qigong meditation with other forms to your practice.
Kundalini meditation has many focusing points helping manage specific areas in your life you want to change. As I understand it, different moves target different areas of your life. It helps bring you back to your original self, focusing on those areas that need to be healed or rewired.
The following meditation is used for mind control and focus. It is only ten minutes and can optimize your day to perform your best. Watch this for a good meditation.
Why is using chakra meditation good for your evolution to your wholeness? This type of meditation, just like the ones mentioned above, maybe a bit advanced and not on a first time meditators level, but it is good to know about it. This meditation focuses on keeping your chakras rotating in a balanced way.
Chakra Meditation keeps the chakras functioning the way they were meant to perform. When you can repair and maintain your chakras in the most optimal way, supernatural possibilities can be accomplished. It is said that when all chakras are at an optimal level, you can fix and regenerate your organs.
What do I mean by religious meditation? These mediations, or sometimes called prayers, focused on Buddhist, Christian and Hindu meditation. Although many other practices come from the Hindu tradition, there is also a meditation for Hinduism that those devoted to Hinduism can do. The most common Hindu meditation is chanting “Om” as well as “Aum” to images of deities they worshiped.
Christian mediations focus on scriptures and Christian mantras. Most people are not looking to start a meditative practice when they are part of a religious institution. If you are reading this, this kind of meditation is one that you might not like or do. I thought it was important to mention it if you feel more comfortable doing meditations that were part of your organized religion.
Transcendental Meditation (TM)
Transcendental meditation is the opposite of a religion based mediation. It was developed keeping in mind not include the religious or supernatural aspect of meditation. If you are skeptical, this type of meditation will be more attractive to you.
You practice this meditation twenty minutes a day twice a day, every day. The mantra you repeat is assigned to you by a TM instructor, which you receive through the four-day training session you receive.
Guided meditation is what it sounds like. Guided meditation usually has music and an individual guiding the participant through the process of slowing down the mind and inspiring change. These meditations start the meditator through an evolution of not know how to own their power, to allow their mind to help them through the meditator’s journey.
This type of meditation can be linked to other types of meditation, but it would be easier to clump these types of meditations into one. Verdict meditation and transcendental meditation, as mentioned above, are some of the techniques that apply mantra meditation.
Other mantra mediations come from different regions and practices around the world. The following are some of the mantra meditations you can learn more about and use to start your mantra meditation practice:
This mantra meditation has helped me so much to forgive myself and others, releasing most of the judgment I have attached to myself. This mantra is an ancient Hawaiian mantra. It is specifically used for emotional healing. You can start by focusing on all of your traumas and emotional pain you have stored inside of you.
If it is too overwhelming to think of all of your traumas in one session, you could go through them one at a time. Go through each one until you do not feel any negative feelings, like anger or sadness towards them. The goal is to wash away the charge energy that these memories carry, impacting your life and the decisions you make in your life.
– “Ham Sah” “So Ham”.
What does this mantra mean? This mantra is nothing more than a question you ask yourself. You ask the question “Who am I?” (Ham Sah) and then the question is answered by saying “I am that” (So Ham). Many videos on YouTube can show you how to do this meditation correctly. I am that I am ( this mantra is good while you see your future self or alone without though)
Many chants start with “Om”. “Om” helps you focus, as well as get you into that meditative state that gets you deep into different brain states. It also improves physical health. There are so many other benefits that would fill two pages worth of explanations. If you don’t want to remember any long and complicated mantras, stick with just say “Om” ( pronounced “Aum”).
–“Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”
This mantra is done when you are yearning for peace in all aspects of your life. The people that I have known who recite this mantra often have had many parts of their lives in turmoil. Some use it during times when they feel stressed out or out of control in their lives.
–Every Day in Every Way I Am Getting Better and Better
This is a mantra developed by the Saliva’s and it makes you feel very hopeful. If you feel as though life will never get better for you, recite this mantra as many times as you can. Recite this mantra regardless of whether you are in a social setting (in your mind, of course) or in the shower.
You will start seeing great things come to you after a committed practice of this mantra. The reason for this, is that you will start expecting great things for yourself therefore, you will look for opportunities you would have never thought to look at in the past. It feels as though you are rising up from the ashes when you make it a practice to say this mantra often.
–Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih
This mantra is focused on receiving wisdom from an enlighted being named Manjushri. If you have an issue that you can not see a solution for, this mantra can help you find a solution. If you are not prone to asking other gods for help, you might feel resistant towards this mantra and I advise you not to practice this mantra. You will be reciting this mantra with a cringed feeling as you say the given words. Therefore, the mantra might void itself useless.
-“Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha”
This mantra is used to remove obstacles from one’s path. If you are trying to accomplish a goal and every move you make has excessive obstacles, this mantra can help clear those obstacles or show you a better way to getting what you want. From my experience, this mantra has gotten me things in my life I never thought, or had any idea on how I would be able to get. I can personally say that this mantra really works, at least for me.
–Love, Yes, Peace, Joy, Happy
This one-word mantra helps you not overthink anything and allow you not to judge the groups of words that you are repeating. These words are common and most people do not have any judgments against these words. This allows the meditator to not think of the meaning while chanting. These words are mostly good for people that like to over-analyze and judge everything they say or do.
The number of mantras I have mention does not indicate its limit. Many mantras can be used during your meditation to enhance your trance. Most of these mantras can help you get into your needed trance allowing into the brainwaves you desire. If you are a very intuitive person, you can make your own mantra that will allow you to propel your meditations without binaural beats.
Loving Kindness Meditation
This meditation, as the word describes is designed to cultivate feelings of love and kindness to yourself as well as to the world. It is recommended to relax and take deep breaths loosening all the tension in your muscles and any worries that might be on your mind.
Following the process of letting go and loosening up, focus on the feelings of gratitude, inner peace, love and perfection in everything that is your life. Some people find it hard to find any good in their lives.
I recommend thinking about a good meal or dessert you ate recently, or your children and their laughter or anything else that once brought you joy. Find a mantra you can repeat a few time during your meditation.
It must be a mantra that makes you feel joy, peace, love, contentment, and happiness. This mantra should help you experience a sense of complete happiness and a sense of safety in this world.
An example of a mantra I use, which gives me those feeling is “My world takes excellent care of me” or “Only the good is true”. You continue this process until you can generate loving feelings and kindness for yourself and all of the other people that you can imagine. You may find that this meditation may start changing the lives, for the better, of those individuals you have in mind during your meditation.
This meditation helps you ask the question of “Who Am I”. This meditation helps you identify thoughts, sensations, and emotions as they really are. Sometimes we identify with these thoughts, feelings, and emotions as part of who we are.
This meditation helps you separate yourself with what is not you, but a sensation that comes and goes at any given moment. A simple example of this is calling yourself lazy. The feeling of not wanting to do something is not the definition of your being.
Feeling lazy does not automatically make you a lazy being. The action is just motivated by the belief of its importance or unimportance, in the case of “Being Lazy”.
This meditation is similar to Transcendental meditation. There are less promotion and support for Vedic meditation. You don’t have to have a qualified mentor that you pay to guide you through this meditation. There is no commercialization of this meditation, unlike its brother, Transcendental meditation.
If you want more commercialize or in-depth information specific about these types of meditations, you can refer to Transcendental meditation, as they are almost the same. If you want to keep your money in your wallet, make a little bit more effort and find the proper way of doing Vedic Meditation.
This meditation also has another name that is referred to, which is Zazen. This meditation is focused on strengthening practitioners’ attention. Your goal is to not have anything on your mind during your session. It is the art of non-thought.
This may sometimes feel as though you are fighting with your thoughts. If you stick with it, it will help you know what is really running through your mind. You are dealing with thoughts that you consistently did not know pass through your mind. You start realizing that change needs to happen when you see what you entertain constantly in your mind.
If you decide to try any of these meditative practices mentioned above, you might see parts of your life go through changes that might be uncomfortable.
You will also feel some that will make you see the goodness in yourself and others. If you ever hear anyone saying “mediation is changing me” you will fully understand with love and a feeling of inspiration entirely what they mean.
At times, meditation is too hard for most to handle. Regardless, if yourself the opportunity to continue the process, no matter if it seems difficult, you will find the changes you receive worth it. It has been over twenty years since I first started meditating.
First with binaural beats than with other forms of meditation. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be exposed to the benefits of meditation. I am also grateful that I found binaural beats in the most unlikely place during my military service.
With everything you want to transform, you must invest the time to do so. Don’t think because you are just sitting there for 30-60 minutes that it should wait another day. Be committed and love the process.
You may have thought that meditation is a waste of time, that is far from the truth. That time that you invest will be worth it.
Meditation Positions and Postures
Meditation can be as strict or advance as you want it to be. Meditation does not have any strict requirements you must follow. You can lay on your bed during your meditation to maintain a pose for minutes or hours.
Start a practice of meditation is more important than any position, pose or posture you may take. The goal is to go inward, whichever way you can.
We are so bombarded with the needs of the world that we forget our uniqueness and our true role in this world. We need meditation to realign the pieces that have been broken or misplaced.
Realizing your true role can only be realized by knowing yourself. To know yourself you must listen and hold space for yourself. Different meditators have different needs, especially if you are just starting to meditate.
Over twenty years ago, I was instructed by my first binaural beats meditation method/instructor to lay down. Now, after decades of meditating, I find it more rewarding to sit half-lotus during my meditations.
If you want to start laying down you can, but it usually ends up with individuals falling asleep. The important part is taking the time to still yourself even if you sit in a chair, on a cushion or you decide to challenge yourself with the full or half-lotus position.
If you want detailed ways on how to properly sit while meditating, Youtube, as well as other websites, do a really good job showing you different postures and positions. To get detailed instructions of the different types of meditation postures and positions, you can look up:
Lotus (Full, Half & Quarter)
Meditation Better in Morning or Evening?
Meditation is better when you can take the time to do it. Most people have to wake up early in the morning to go to work, so they should try to get a meditative session before they meet any other person’s needs or tackle daily responsibilities.
There is something about waking up between the hours of 3-6 am that make meditations more intense and focused. It seems as though you have an easier time transcending out of this world or dimension when you commit your meditations to those hours.
So, is meditation best in the morning? That all depends on your schedule, but if you have a normal 9 – 5 schedule, morning meditations are the best time to go inward.
What is supposed to happen when you meditate?
Meditation is a superpower, it brings to light the best part of who you are.
Meditation is life-changing for most of those that commit to it. It allows you to shed the physiological “dead skin” that is stopping you from being the shinny star you were always meant to be.
From my experience, I may have gone through some time where perhaps meditation has made me angry, but that is because the shift was uncomfortable but necessary. You might, at some point, make the statement that meditation is not for me, but just stick through it for a little longer. Don’t let those speed bumps in your evolution of self stop you from becoming the better part of yourself.