Peace of mind. Improved sleep. Spiritual enlightenment. Whatever you’re looking for, meditation can help you obtain it. But there are many different types of meditation, so how can you figure out which is the best for you?
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The 6 Different Types of Meditation
1. Focused Meditation
Are you just beginning and just learning about the different types of meditation, or want to improve your focusing skills? Try focused meditation.
With this type of meditation, you focus your attention upon a single point – your breath, a flickering flame, or the sound of a bell – and sustain that focus for the entire session. Some commonly practiced forms of focused meditation include chakra meditation, kundalini meditation, and zen meditation:
- Chakra meditation balances your body’s seven chakras, or “energy centers”, making you feel renewed and refreshed.
- Kundalini meditation awakens the “kundalini energy”, which is situated at the base of the spine, sparking clarity and enlightenment.
- Zen meditation, or “seated meditation” is typically practiced in a cross-legged seated position atop a mat or cushion, and the focus is upon breathing and remaining as present as possible.
As simple as it may seem, focused meditation can be a bit challenging for beginners. If your mind starts to wander during your session, gently guide your thoughts back to the present moment and refocus. Keep practicing, and you’ll surely improve.
2. Mindfulness Meditation
Do you prefer to practice alone, or don’t have access to a teacher? Mindfulness meditation might be for you.
Originating from Buddhist teachings, mindfulness meditation is one of the most widely practiced types of meditation. Mindfulness meditation works with the fluidity of your mind. Like tranquil water, you simply allow your mind to flow with your environment – without narrowing your focus towards one particular thing. Instead, you become keenly aware of the sights, sounds, and smells that surround you.
Mindfulness meditation promotes harmonious co-existence and peaceful surrender, reminding you to let go of the things that you cannot change.
3. Spiritual Meditation
Are you seeking spiritual growth, or need absolute silence? Consider spiritual meditation.
Whether you choose to practice at home or in a place of worship, spiritual meditation can help you establish a deeper connection with the Divine, God, or Universe.
To begin, sit or kneel in a comfortable position. Once you’re ready, you must remain quiet and succumb to the silence around you. In your mind, formulate a question or recite a prayer. Be still and let the answer come.
Not only is this type of meditation relaxing, but it can also be wonderfully insightful.
4. Mantra Meditation
Do you enjoy listening to repetitive sounds, or don’t like silence? Mantra meditation could be music to your ears.
Mantra meditation uses a mantra – a repetitive phrase, sound, or word – to calm your mind. It can either be chanted loudly or repeated quietly. While some teachers emphasize the significance of the chosen word due to its “vibration”, others use the mantra as a mere tool to steady the mind. Just as with most types of meditation, it’s typically practiced in a seated position with eyes closed.
Chanting a mantra can be a great way to develop your focus and experience a stronger sense of awareness.
5. Transcendental Meditation
If you require more structure, or want to take your meditation practice to the next level, try transcendental meditation.
Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1955, transcendental meditation is the most popular – yet most criticized – type of meditation, with over 5 million practitioners around the world. It’s a seated meditation, and it also uses a mantra as the point of focus, similar to mantra meditation. However, the major difference between the two types lies in the personalized structure of the mantra. Your teacher will provide you with a mantra, which may be determined by your year of birth, your gender, as well as the year in which your teacher was trained.
But despite its critics, transcendental meditation has shown to be hugely beneficial and continues to gain global popularity.
6. Movement Meditation
Are you more action-oriented, or have trouble sitting still? Use movement meditation.
Movement meditation pulls your attention away from an external sound, object, or thought. Your focus is on your body, and you become increasingly aware of each breath and lengthened muscle. Yoga is the most well-known form of movement meditation, but you can also try tai chi, leisurely walking, or other gentle sorts of motion to clear your mind.
With movement meditation, your body is your teacher.
Which Type of Meditation is Right for You?
It’s important to remember that not all types of meditation are right for everyone. With so many different types of meditation to choose from, the best type is the one that’s right for you. Starting a Daily Meditation Challenge in the Fabulous app can help you explore all the different types of meditation and find what works best for you. Give it a try!