Through meditation, we are able to control our mind and raise the level of consciousness. It also increases awareness of our inner self and our surroundings. There are several meditation techniques for concentration; however, the path you take in learning meditation depends on your personality and purpose.

The benefits of meditation vary depending on the technique used. The result of Vipassana meditation is different from a Chakra meditation approach.

Meditation techniques are best characterized by their origin and culture. It can be Buddhist-based, Christian-based, or even non-sectarian based. Meditation style can either balance your chakra, or clear your mind. There are also meditation techniques for healing, while others are used to clear emotional hindrances.

Concentration meditation works by making your mind focus on a specific thing, while expansive meditation clears your mind, enabling you to observe and reflect better. In order to achieve the expected results of meditation, you need to be in a cozy and calm place that would enable you to put your mind in peace.

Meditation techniques are classified into four categories correctly: Visual (Subjective and Objective Visual), Auditory, Contemplative, and Kinesthetic. These are according to Sunny Jamiel who has been studying the meditation styles for over a decade.

• Subjective Visual Meditation. These techniques works by using the mind to put a person in an imaginary time or a specific experience. Some techniques that belong in this category are Chakra, Vipassana, and Self-healing.

• Objective Visual Meditation. This technique uses certain objects to elevate your ability to focus and concentrate. The object may be a picture, or a candle, and sometimes a cross.

• Auditory Meditation Technique. This technique utilizes the power of sound. It works by giving a person a definite word or phrase and he repeatedly speaks it. Words can be names like Jehovah or Allah; Egypt sounds like OM. These words when repeatedly used, mentally or verbally, help increase concentration.

• Contemplative Meditation Technique. The goal of this technique is to make people understand the spiritual concept more. It will use the power of the mind and clear it from anything that happens to your surroundings.

You are able to harness the power of reasoning to better understand what is happening. You can go beyond logic and analyze more complicated situations. Zen masters have been using this technique for a long time.

• Kinesthetic Meditation Technique. This technique uses breathing and postures. It works by awakening the Serpent Power – a spiritual current known as Kundalini. Yoga exercises are used in this technique. It is believed that by taking deep breaths, one can have better control of their emotions.

Learning various meditation approach for concentration can help you become a person that is in touch with his emotion and a high echelon of mindfulness. Whether you use one or all of the techniques, the benefits you get makes you feel rejuvenated and put your mind at peace.