Types of Meditation

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Types of Meditation

There are many different styles of meditation. The main reason that so many people are practicing meditation these days is to quiet their mind and reach a state of relaxation that is impossible to get in their everyday life.  There are also other goals for meditation including peace, healing, sleep, chakra balancing, clarity, creativity, mindfulness, etc.  Choosing which type of meditation to try will depend on your specific goals for doing it. 

Below are a few examples of meditation types that many people use to improve their well-being.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is a practice of staying in the moment.  This type of meditation lets the mind notice only the tasks that you are doing. It could be feeling the wetness and temperature of the water as you are washing the dishes or even the taste of your meal or snack as you’re eating. 

In short, mindfulness meditation does not require you to only focus on one object or thought at a time.  You notice it all as it is happening. This is why mindfulness meditation has become so popular.  It allows you to hear the sound of the water or taste of the food without being distracted.  The best part is that while you’re practicing mindfulness, you are not focusing on all of the stressors in your life which gives a huge sense of peace and acceptance of life in the moment.

Focused Attention Meditation

To practice Focused Attention Meditation, it requires you to focus on one thing and set aside all of your other thoughts. Don’t worry, it doesn’t force you to stay on one object since it’s practically impossible.  If your mind strays off, you just accept that it wandered off and bring it back to the object you’re focusing on.  By focusing only on only one object or action, you’re not focusing on your current worries.

Whether you’re focusing on your breath going in and out, the sound of the waves or the feeling of your pet’s fur, your mind is occupied and unable to let any anxious thoughts to take over.

Movement Meditation

Movement Meditation is just what it sounds like.  In this type of meditation, you are focused on the activity or movement you are doing.  Some examples of movement meditation are Qigong, Dance Meditation, Tai Chi and Yoga.  The repetitive movements allow you to keep your focus on the motions you are making and how they feel.  A great benefit of movement meditation is that with practice, you become aware of the energy inside and outside of your body and how it reacts to the movements that you’re doing as well as the people, objects and sounds around you.

Mantra Meditation

This type of meditation focuses on a simple mantra.  A mantra is a specific word or phrase that is repeated or chanted repeatedly either aloud or silently.  As you repeat the mantra, it creates a specific mental vibration and allows the mind to enter a deeper state of meditation.  You can have different mantras for different intentions making each mantra especially powerful.

Guided Visualization Meditation

Guided imagery is imagining a place or scenario that can promote different states of mind including inner calm and relaxation, clarity, sleep, focus, etc.  A guided meditation is usually a recording of someone walking or “guiding” you through the meditation process.  You just need to try to visualize or feel what the meditation is leading you to.  Many times there is soft music in the background but it’s not needed.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation (TM) strives to reach a state of deep calm and enlightenment with an end goal of becoming disconnected from the negativity and stresses of everyday life.  The TM technique involves the use of a silently-used sound called a mantra, and is practiced for 15–20 minutes twice per day. It is taught by certified teachers which costs a fee.  The cost is different based on which country you are in.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation focuses on the here and now, the present moment without cares of what has occurred in the past or will occur in the future. The hallmark of mindfulness meditation is accepting the fact that nothing is permanent. Consider the practice of mindfulness as it can help you manage stress in your minute to minute life.

Heart Rhythm Meditation

Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM) places a focus on breathing and the repetition of a mantra that encompasses our oneness with the world. HRM helps promote inner pace, joy and stress reduction.

A regular practice of meditation can benefit your mind and body in amazing ways.  It allows your mind to rest in such a way that you are free of your worries and anxieties if only for a little while.  It also brings about many other mental, physical and emotional benefits. A short time in meditation will free the clutter in your mind to make better decisions and choices with less anxiety in your day to day life.