7 Types Of Meditation

7 Types of Meditation

If you were to ask people what meditation is and why we meditate you would hear various answers.

One of the best answers ever is that meditation is our fullest human-hood.

The fullest use of what it means to be human. It’s kind of like we are all in a widowed state and our task is to remarry.

There are many different forms of the ancient practice of meditation.

If you’re interested in meditation yet like so many, don’t know where to start, here are seven types of meditation practice:

It's not hard to learn to meditate, it's hard to block everything else out.

1. Breath Awareness Meditation

Breath awareness meditation is a type of meditation that encourages conscious breathing. The goal is to focus only on breathing.

Practitioners often breathe slowly and they have learned the skill of also focusing on their breaths without counting. Focusing on breathing and ignoring other thoughts that come to mind is the only goal. However, keeping the focus only on breathing is not as simple as it seems.

Once you try mindfulness meditation… you may find that your mind will be full of unwanted and distracting thoughts. The only thing you can do to help is count your breath. As you inhale number 1, as you exhale number 2. Or inhale completely and exhale number 1. It is up to you. The benefits include greater relaxation, less anxiety, better concentration and emotional stability.

2. Body Scan or Progressive Relaxation

During the body scan meditation, practitioners will relax the entire body. From head to toe, or from head to toe. You can see a wave of relaxation moving through your body.

Or tense and relax each side one at a time. I call this a body scan because, mentally, you will progressively look for tension in your body. And the goal is to release all the tensions present. The benefits include relaxation and peace of mind. It can also help with chronic pain. It can also help people fall asleep.

3. Meditation of Loving Kindness

The purpose of this is to cultivate feelings of loving-kindness toward anything. Even people who stress you, your goal is to feel that loving kindness towards them.

By meditating, practitioners open their minds to feel loving kindness. Coming especially from the heart, you absorb the feeling of loving kindness.

This type of meditation is designed to get you used to the feeling of love and compassion. If hatred, interpersonal problems, anger and resentment affect you … then you should try to practice the meditation of loving kindness.

4. Mindfulness Meditation

This could be the most common type of meditation. Practitioners must remain in a state of awareness and presence. The challenge here is to keep your mind in the present moment. Instead of thinking about the past and worrying about the future.

Absence of judgment is important. Sitting quietly for 10 minutes or more and being present the entire time can be difficult. Therefore, practitioners should practice it patiently and without judgment.

We can do this through a combination of body scanning, breathing, and just quietness. In addition to meditation sessions, practitioners can practice mindfulness by paying attention to the environment.

We can do this when waiting in a line at the supermarket or waiting for someone for a long time. Benefits include emotional stability, which makes impulsive emotional reactions less common. It also improves concentration and memory. Mindfulness meditation can also lower blood pressure.

5. Kundalini Yoga

This meditation is a combination of deep breathing, mantras, and physical hypostases. Practitioners can learn this from a teacher, but they can study the hypostases themselves.

It has the same benefits as previous types of meditation and can also improve your physical strength.

6. Zen Meditation

In this type of meditation, you find a comfortable position. Then focus on your posture and observe your thoughts without judgment. This form of meditation can be part of Buddhist practice.

And it is usually done under the supervision of a teacher. It is similar to mindfulness meditation, yet Zen meditation requires a bit more discipline. Again, the benefits are like those mentioned above.

7. Transcendental Meditation

I listed this as the latter because I think it’s the most complicated of the seven. Yet that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to practice it. The goal is to make practitioners go beyond their current state of being. And because of the complications of this practice, it is also advisable to study with a teacher.

And I tried to sort this out from the simplest to the most complicated. But since there are so many factors, you may have a different opinion and it’s okay.

I hope you understand the 7 common types of meditation and their differences. By the way, check this out. You can easily meditate by listening to our meditation pieces. I designed these meditation tracks with binaural beats. Binaural beats help your subconscious mind fall into a relaxed state.

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Martin Hamilton

Martin enjoys writing and blogging. Martin has a background in Psychology, Mindfulness Practices, and Organizational Development. Martin believes the true teacher never controls anyone's life in any way—instead, they merely explain how to advance consciousness, and that results in true personal freedom.

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