In my last post, I talked about how you can start a mindful meditation practice.
Meditation is one of the fastest and somewhat easiest ways to relieve stress no matter where you are in life and the world.
You can take meditation with you anywhere.
Did you know that there are many different forms of meditation out there?
Which one is the best fit for what you need?
Well, let’s take a look at the top 6 meditation styles out there that you should look into.
1. Mindfulness🧠 Meditation🧘🏾♀️
Mindfulness meditation helps you to
pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind.
Try not to judge your thoughts or become involved with them.
Just simply observe and take note of them and see if you notice any patterns.
This practice combines concentration with awareness.
You may find it helpful to focus on an object or your breath while your thoughts pass through your mind.
This type of meditation is good for people who don’t have a teacher to guide them.
You can easily do this kind of meditation alone too.
I go more in depth about this kind of meditation style in my blog post HERE.
2. Spiritual🙏🏾 Meditation🧘🏾♀️
Spiritual meditation is similar to prayer in that you
reflect on the silence around you and seek a deeper connection with God/the Universe.
Many people gravitate toward this kind of meditation to achieve spiritual enlightenment.
Not only do you focus on improving yourself, but you also look to improve or impact the lives of the people you encounter.
Essential oils and incense are commonly used to heighten the spiritual experience with this kind of meditation.
Popular essential oil options include:
Spiritual meditation can be practiced at home or in a place of worship.
This practice is beneficial for those who thrive in silence and seek spiritual growth.
3. Focused🕯️ Meditation🧘🏾♀️
Focused meditation involves concentration using any of the five senses.
It is not allowing your mind to wander.
For example, you can focus on something internal, like your breath, or you can bring in external influences to help focus your attention.
Try counting mala beads, listening to a gong, or staring at a candle flame.🕯️
These are all different examples of focused meditation.
This practice may be simple in theory, but it can be difficult for beginners to hold their focus for longer than a few minutes at first.
If your mind does wander, it’s important to come back to your center and refocus.
As the name suggests, this practice is ideal for anyone who needs additional focus in their life.
Although most people think of yoga when they hear movement meditation, this practice may include walking through nature, gardening, or any other gentle forms of motion.
It’s an active form of meditation where the movement guides you.
Movement meditation is good for people who find peace in action and prefer to let their minds wander.
When I go for a light run🏃🏾♀️ or a hike⛰ I practice movement meditation.
5. Mantra👍🏾 Meditation🧘🏾♀️
uses a repetitive sound to clear the mind.
It can be a word, phrase, or sound, such as the popular “Om.”
It doesn’t matter if your mantra is spoken loudly or quietly.
After chanting the mantra for some time, you will be more alert and in tune with your environment.
This allows you to experience deeper levels of awareness.
Some people enjoy mantra meditation because they find it easier to focus on a word than on their breath.
This is also a good practice for people who don’t like silence and enjoy repetition.
When I was younger, the guys in my class always thought that they were better than the girls so my mantra at that time was literally the song, “anything you could do I could do better.”
Without realizing it back then, I was doing a form of mantra meditation.
It got me through middle school with flying colors! ☺️
6. Transcendental🔇 Meditation🧘🏾♀️
Transcendental meditation is good for those who like structure and are serious about maintaining a meditation practice.
It is a form of silent mantra meditation.
Literally, you sit in silence for as long as you need to empty out your mind.
No music, no chimes, no sounds of nature, just pure silence.
This kind of meditation is great for stress reduction, relaxation, and self-development.
To Wrap Things Up…
Now that you have a general idea of the different styles of mediation out there, which one would you like to try?
You can even combine meditations and create one that works best for you.
This is your practice and you know what works for you to help you get rid of stress, observe your thoughts, and regain focus on what’s important.
The easiest way to begin any meditation session is to find a quiet location, find your comfortable seat, and focus on your breath.
By meditating for a few minutes every day, you can bring yourself back to a place of awareness along with a sense of peace.
You also get a chance to break up the chaos that is called life.
Get some meditation music 🎶 to help you meditate too.
By listening to the sounds of nature or clinging of the gong is another way to help you focus when you meditate.
Let me know in the comments below which meditation style you are going to try out and which one you like the best! 🧘🏾♀️
To discovering your meditation style,
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