Meditation

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Auditory: Auditory meditation uses sound to focus and empty the mind. Techniques range from whispering a simple repetitive mantra, listening to music, and listening to the sounds of one's own body to ultimately listening for a subliminal 'universal' sound. Auditory meditations have the advantage of competing with and overriding verbalized thoughts, which can make them easier to learn. Overall, these techniques foster self-centering and focus, along with inward concentration.

Awareness: Awareness meditation encompasses techniques intended to promote inner stillness, calm, and detachment. It is typically centered around breathing techniques, including counted measures or simply using one's breath as a focus. The practitioner clears their mind, learning to let stray thoughts pass them by; they generally cultivate an awareness of themselves and their surroundings, observing and monitoring while keeping their mind detached and free of judgement.

Movement: This uniquely physical style of meditation uses postures and flowing movements along with deep, even breathing and a calm mind. Movement meditation techniques are often intended to strengthen the body, improve balance, and improve the practitioner's awareness of their body and its motion. Practitioners generally need to balance awareness of their self and their body with observation of their surroundings, rather than making an inward retreat into emptiness.

Path Tracing: Tracing meditations use an external image, often a labyrinth or knotwork design, which the practitioner focuses on and traces repetitively from end to end. Highly skilled practitioners can accurately visualize familiar patterns and have no need for an external aid. Often one begins with making the pattern, which is regarded as a meditative action in its own right. Colors can be an integral part of these meditations, used to symbolize or counter particular emotions or concepts; for example, one might choose colors to promote positive feelings, or to designate experiences one is moving past.

Visualization: This branch of meditation is centered around mental imagery, and is often geared towards self-cultivation on the principle of "what you think, you become". Techniques include focusing on a single visualized object, on a pleasant scene or past experience, or on succeeding at future goals and aspirations. Practitioners often use their visualizations to promote relaxation, assurance, and self-confidence along with the resolve and determination to achieve their goals.

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