There are many different forms of meditation and many different creative places to meditate, but which form is the right one for you? Which one meets the needs that you need? Here are 6 different forms of meditation to look into.
1. Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation helps you to pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind. You don’t judge the thoughts or become involved with them. You 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 you observe these thoughts as they 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.
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. Essential oils and incense are commonly used to heighten the spiritual experience. Popular options include:
- palo santo
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. 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. It is not allowing your mind to wander. 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 the center and refocus. As the name suggests, this practice is ideal for anyone who requires additional focus in their life.
4. Movement Meditation
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, I practice a little bit of movement meditation.
5. Mantra Meditation
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.
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. This kind of meditation is great for stress reduction, relaxation, and self-development.
Now that you have a general idea of the different forms of mediation out there, the easiest way to begin any meditation session is to sit quietly and focus on your breath. By doing a couple of minutes of mediating a day, you can bring yourself back to a place of awareness. You also get a chance to break up the chaos that is called life.
To discovering your meditation style,
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