There are a lot of different types of meditation. This much you may already know.
Today, we’re going to dive into the topic of meditation, and share a bit about the different types of meditation. This will help you find new ways to relax your mind and body, especially during stressful times.
Whereas you may want to meditate with no sound, others prefer music or chanting. You may also want to try using guided imagery or focusing on your breath.
The most important thing is that you find the type of meditation that works best for you. Here are some methods to try out. We hope this guide offers up everything you need to know about different meditation techniques!
This meditation technique involves focusing on your thoughts and feelings, which can lead to greater self-awareness and an improved mood. It’s also shown in studies to have many mental health benefits such as reducing anxiety and depression.
This form of meditation has been used by therapists for years, but now it’s becoming more popular because it’s easy to learn and doesn’t involve any spiritual beliefs.
Most forms of meditation are practiced silently, but this one can sometimes involve the use of a mantra that you repeat in your mind or out loud. The specific nature of the mantra is up to you. For instance, it can be a word like ‘peace’ or ‘power’, or a short phrase like “I am whole” or “all is well.” This kind of meditation is practiced with the eyes either open or closed.
A Word of Caution About Mantra Mindfulness Meditation
It can be tempting to create a mantra that speaks to your ego, for example, words and phrases like “I am smart, powerful, and great.” While it may feel good to pump yourself up using a mantra like that, it’s not an accurate way of viewing yourself. When we say things like this out loud or even in our heads, we are only reinforcing an inaccurate perception of ourselves.
It’s better to create mantras that include words such as ‘peace, love, and light’. These words are more associated with a spiritual truth that is bigger than we are.
This practice may be less familiar to people in the west, but it involves meditation on your body’s energy centers, also called chakras. The main purpose of this technique is to increase balance and energy within your body.
This type of meditation is sometimes done in a group and can involve chanting, music, or a gong. It’s also sometimes combined with yoga postures or Tai Chi moves.
Incorporating a breathing technique, also called pranayama, is a common way to meditate. Pranayama involves controlling your breath to alter both its speed and rhythm. This change in breathing can help you relax physically as well as mentally. It can also amp up your energy level.
Many people believe that the breath is connected to your feelings and emotions, so encouraging an altered state of breathing can also help you manage anger, anxiety and even traumay It may also be used as a way to relieve physical symptoms such as headaches.
Guided Imagery Meditation
This type of meditation doesn’t involve focusing on the breath but instead uses guided imagery to help you relax.
Imagery, also called visualization, involves creating a mental image such as a peaceful beach or garden. This image may be created using your imagination or something that is real and familiar, like the view from your window.
Visualization can be effective in helping you relax both body and mind.
Meditation and yoga combine movement with deep breathing and mental focus. In fact, many types of yoga are viewed as a form of moving mindfulness. This is no surprise as one of the goals of yoga is to be fully present in the moment.
Yoga helps cultivate awareness, which lead you to continuously bring your attention back to your breathing. This technique can also help you work through emotional challenges that are holding you back from achieving happiness and peace.
Core Meditative Practices
In spite of the different forms of meditation listed thus far, there are some core elements that you’ll find in most meditative practices. These include:
- A quiet and simple setting (although silence does not have to be maintained)
- The use of one or more hand positions
- An awareness of posture and body movement, especially breathing
How to Choose Your Meditation Practice with so Many Different Meditation Techniques!
When it comes to choosing the right type of meditation for you and your children, consider some of the following questions:
- How long do I want to be still?
- Do I prefer a guided practice or do I want complete freedom?
- What kind of physical movement appeals to me?
As you consider these priorities, keep in mind that it’s always okay to change your practice. In fact, with regular meditation, you will likely see changes in how much time and effort you need to spend to achieve the same results.
We’ll leave this with this final tip: Give some of these mindfulness techniques a try and if one of them resonates with you, you’re more likely to stick with it.
What have you got to lose – except your stress?!?