Meditation is an umbrella term for the many approaches to a calm state of being. It is a practice where an individual uses one of many techniques – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
In this article, I have highlighted 7 types of meditation. They all work to achieve the same purpose but they have varying elements and practices.
I hope that at the end of the article you gain clarity about which of these methods of meditation is best suited for you and, furthermore, you are inspired to start practicing it.
This kind of meditation is often referred to as directed or guided imagery or imagination. With this type of meditation, you create mental images of locations or scenarios that you find soothing.
While engaging in guided meditation, you strive to use as many senses as you can, such as your sense of smell to imagine smells, your sense of sight to imagine some sights, your sense of sound to imagine specific sounds and your sense of touch to imagine textures. You may be guided by a meditation guide or a teacher through this method.
Mantra is a Sanskrit word: “man” means “mind” and “tra” means “release.” In mantra meditation, you quietly repeat a soothing expression, idea or phrase to avoid distracting thoughts.
Think of a mantra as a method to help release your mind—a word or phrase that you repeat during meditation. Mantra helps particularly when you have trouble focusing or getting in the right frame of mind.
Many people feel that using a mantra can raise sensitivity and increase focus. Since it helps you remain focused, this form of meditation could lead to improved outcomes.
This kind of meditation is focused on consciousness and acceptance of living in the present moment. It is focused on getting an increased consciousness.
Mindfulness meditation helps you enlarge your conscious awareness. During meditation, you concentrate on what you experience, such as the flow of your breath. Your thoughts and feelings may be observed, but you let them pass without judgement.
Qi gong is part of traditional Chinese medicine, in fact is is the basic exercise system in that culture. Qi gong usually combines meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises in order to regain and preserve balance.
“Energy work” is the literal translation of qi gong. It is a form of yoga that has been around for thousands of years among the Asian people. Most of it is carried out while standing, but there are also a variety of sets of seats.
There are many systems of qi gong that all work to harness willpower, to concentrate, and to help you channel your energy through your palms.
Some Qi Gong practices include traveling, and others are focused on imagination. Specialized breathing, which is synchronized with the task at hand, requires nearly all of these techniques.
However, the guiding principle of all these practices is the alignment of the eyes with the movements of the body, the mind’s concentration, and the air, especially for the moving practices. Emphasis is put on the inner vision for the more passive, non-movement exercises and the inner worlds are explored as you direct the breath to different inner chambers.
Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for a various purposes including defense training, health benefits, and meditation. In tai chi, while practicing deep breathing, you execute a self-paced sequence of postures or movements in a slow, graceful way.
Some of the benefits of tai chi include decreased anxiety and depression and improvements in cognition. It may also help you manage symptoms of some chronic diseases, such as fibromyalgia or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural meditation technique. In this form of meditation, you silently repeat an individually assigned mantra, such as a name, sound or expression, in a particular way.
This form of meditation will allow your body to settle into a state of deep rest and relaxation, without the need to use focus or effort, and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace.
Transcendental Meditation is a unique form of meditation taught by Maharishi Foundation, a registered educational charity that provides education for the public to develop their full mental and creative potential.
In order to encourage a more relaxed body and a peaceful mind, you perform a series of postures and synchronized breathing exercises. You’re encouraged to concentrate less on your busy day and more on the moment as you step through poses that need balance and concentration.
The Sanskrit word “yoga” means union with the divine. Originally, thousands of years ago, the stretching exercises that is associated with yoga were intended to help the practitioner gain control of their own life force, a divine energy known as Kundalini. However, stretches are not the only component of yoga. A main facet of yoga is meditation.
Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a your mental well-being. Regular yoga practice can create mental clarity and calmness. It can also increase body awareness, relieve chronic stress patterns, relax the mind and sharpens concentration.