Different types of meditation
There are many different types of meditation. Here is a summary of the most popular:
Guided Meditation is a relaxing meditation where someone guides your body and mind into deep relaxation through mental imagery and spoken words.
The benefits: Helps effect positive personal change like curing negativity, fear or stress.
Mindful Meditation is focused attention and awareness on the present moment by observing your natural breath and thoughts. This is a western research based form of meditation. Although it derives from ancient Buddhist practice it is not religious form of meditation. It is aimed specifically at helping you develop the skills of focusing and calming your mind without losing alertness or awareness.
The benefits: Helps create happiness and acceptance of you in the present moment without judgment.
Mantra Meditation uses a word or a series of words repeated over and over either silently or aloud. Such as om, peace, love etc.
The benefits: Reduces anxiety and depression while boosting immunity.
Energy Meditation uses a combination of breathing patterns and specific visualizations.
The benefits: Increases physical energy quickly.
Kundalini Meditation is a powerful way of meditating that combines Mantra and Mudra (hand position) and sometimes movement.
The benefits: Revitalizes and purifies the nervous system while rejuvenating the brain and body. This enhances consciousness and releases self-destructive behaviors and addictions.
Breathing Meditation uses yoga breathing techniques repeated again and again and includes words and numbers.
The benefits: It creates a calm and spacious mind which results in physical rejuvenation and a peaceful outlook.
There is no wrong or right way to meditate. Think about what benefit you want to achieve from meditating. How do you want to clear or focus your mind and simply give it a go. You don’t have to meditate for hours to feel the benefits; just start off with a few minutes a day. Also, don’t be afraid to try different ways to meditate until you find what works for you.