The Different Forms Of Meditation
Meditation is a practice not a religion.
Nowadays different forms of meditation are practiced by almost everyone, everywhere. From the Buddhist Monks in Asia, to your next door neighbour.
People meditate for many different reasons. Some to release stress, and some, simply as an everyday hobby to feel at peace with the world. Whatever the reason, it’s a good way to start feeling great.
There are many different ways of feeling great and many forms of meditation. In this article I will discuss a brief guide to meditation and some of the forms they take.
Mindfulness meditation comes from Buddhist teachings. It is the most popular of all the forms of meditation in the west.
This type of meditation helps you to pay attention to your thoughts. It teaches you not to become involved with them, but to observe them and notice different patterns that may occur.
It is one of the most simple forms of meditation that combines concentration and awareness.
Try focusing on your breath, or a specific object in the room, while observing the way your body works.
This type of meditation would be best for those who don’t have a teacher to guide them. It is easily, and most effectively, practiced alone.
Spiritual meditation is used in many religions. This meditation is similar to praying in the sense that you reflect on silence and seek a deeper connection with your God or the Universe.
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Spiritual meditation can be practiced anywhere, from your living room to your place of worship. This type of meditation is best for those who thrive in silence and often seek spiritual growth.
Focused meditation involves mainly focusing on your five senses.
For example you can focus on something like your breath, or something you can see to help focus your attention.
Try counting objects, such as books or beads, or maybe staring at a candle flame, that’s when I personally find my focus to be at it’s best.
This is possibly the most difficult of the forms of meditation. In theory, it’s simple, but it can be quite difficult for beginners to hold their focus longer than a few minutes.
If you find your mind often wandering, simply notice it, and try to bring it back to the practice.
This type of meditation is best for those who require additional focus in their life.
Mantra meditation makes an appearance in many religions.
Like movement meditation, mantra is unlike other forms of meditation. It uses repetitive sound to clear the mind.
It can be any phrase or sound. Such as the famous “Om”. With this meditation you can speak your phrase loudly or you can quietly whisper it to yourself.
After some time you will feel much more alert and in tune with your environment. It allows you to deepen your levels of awareness.
This meditation is best for those who find it easier to focus on a phrase or sound than on their breath, or for those who don’t like silence and enjoy repetition.
Movement meditation is short and sweet in terms of learning. It’s, in my opinion, one of the easiest forms of meditation to practice.
And how do we practice? – Move.
Unlike a lot of other forms of meditation this encourages you to get up on your feet and move.
It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous, it can be any type of movement that can soothe and relax your mind.
From yoga to gardening, Qigong to walking through the woods. This is a meditation where the movement guides you.
This type of meditation is best for those who find peace in action and prefer to let their minds wander.
Transcendental meditation is the most popular of the forms of meditation around the world. It is also the most scientifically studied.
This meditation is similar to mantra as you repeat a certain word, however it can be more personal, as you use words that are specific to you as a practitioner.
This type of meditation is best for those who like structure and are serious about practicing meditation.
That’s all for this article, I hope it helps you on your journey to feeling great with different forms of meditation.
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