In the book ‘How To Meditate’ Kathleen McDonald (ISBN 0861713419) describes two types of meditation (pp.8-12). Stabilizing meditation and analytical meditation. This article describes the stabilizing meditation.
Stabilizing meditation, the type of meditation used to develop concentration and can give rise to calm, clear feelings. The pinnacle is a state of calm abiding known ‘shamatha‘ that gives rise great physical and mental bliss and pliancy. This type of meditation that is often associated with Buddhism but it existed well before Buddha Shakyamuni taught the Dharma.
This type of meditation can be performed in lots of different and exciting ways:
- Focusing on the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body.
- Identifying the sounds that you hear without becoming attached to them.
- Visualizing the Buddha Shakyamuni or another positive person as though they were really in front of you.
Different objects of meditation can be used as long as you try to give them your full attention.