Updated: Aug 29, 2021
When it comes to meditation most people are familiar with the basics of sitting cross legged in a quiet room, trying to focus on slowing there breathing or clearing there mind, and for many people this can be a challenge or even seem pointless.
What most people don't know is that there are multiple types of meditation styles that are designed to promote different areas of our life and require different skills and mindsets. In this weeks topic we will dive deeper into 6 different meditation styles. What they are, how they are beneficial, as well as how to properly practice them.
1) Mindful Meditation
Mindful meditation is one of most common styles in the western world. Originated from Buddhist teachings, this style teaches you to pay closer attention to your thoughts, how they make you feel, as well as how to let your thoughts pass through you without judgement. Although it is recommended to meditate somewhere quiet and with minimal interruptions, mindful meditation can be done just about anywhere, at any time. This type of meditation is good for people who don’t have a teacher to guide them, have a minimal attention spans or are wanting to start meditation but maybe aren’t disciplined enough yet for some of the more advanced techniques.
2) Focused Meditation
Focused meditation although similar to mindful meditation, is based around using any or all five of your senses. For example, focusing on your breathing or heartbeat, or listening to repetitive noises such as a gong, a clock or other noises such as waves. You can also focus on things such as staring at a candle. Although this maybe be simple in theory, it can be difficult in the beginning to hold for more than a few minutes. This kind of practice is best done 2+ times a day for a short period of time as you build up your attention span. (This practice is great for anyone wanting to be able to focus better in their life)
3) Movement Meditation
Although most people consider movement meditation as yoga , this practice is also geared towards walking through the woods, gardening, grounding, or other gentle forms of motion that guides you through the moment. This type of meditation is best for people who want less restriction on there body, or enjoy the peace in action. As well as people who prefer to let their mid wander.
4) Spiritual Meditation
Spiritual meditation is focused more around religion, reflection, and prayer. The bases for spiritual meditation is to be surrounded by complete silence as a way to seek a deeper connection with your god or universe. This heightened spiritual experience is not for people who are new to meditation as it is typically practiced in a place of worship and led by a professional.
This type of meditation often is accompanied with essential oils such as sage, cedar, frankincense, or sandalwood to heighten the spiritual experience.
5) Mantra Meditation
The mantra meditation technique uses repetitive sound to clear the mind. This style is similar to focused meditation but focuses on the single senses of sound/listening. The repetitive sound is most often a word or a phrase such as “Om” which can be spoken loudly or quietly, with the intention of creating an environment you are more alert and attuned to. This is another meditation that has become more popular in the western world because people tend to find it easier to focus on a word than even there own breathing. This style of meditation is also easy to do without a teacher.
6) Transcendental Meditation
Although this is one of the most practiced styles of meditation around the world and the most studied by scientist, it is also one of the hardest. Transcendental meditation is highly structed, requires a lot of practice and can take years to master. This practice starts off with slow rhythmic breathing, and then uses a mantra or series of worlds that are specific to the practitioner for 20+ minutes for a minimum of 100 days along with 2-5 minutes of meditation throughout the day to break up any chaos and create a refresher.
Overall, no matter what meditation style you choose, spending a few minutes with yourself will help you reduce stress, find spiritual enlightenment, and offer some connection to yourself that you may not even know about. meditation should never be forced and anyone that is new should start slow and work your way up. Remember to open yourself up to new possibilities, enjoy the multiplicities in life and find comfort being one with yourself.