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The Many Ways to Meditate: What Type of Meditation is Best For You?

March 17, 2018

Variations of Meditation

Oh, the many worlds of meditation. There are so many different types of meditation to explore, all of which have a different focus and intention. So, let's discover which one is the best for you.

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What is Meditation?

Before diving into the deep realm of meditation, it’s important to know what meditation is, along with the different types of meditation that are available to you, so you can find the one that best suits your needs and intentions.

To put it simply, meditation is the practice of transforming the mind using various techniques that encourage and strengthen your emotional stability, clarity, concentration and mindfulness.

Many forms of meditation are strongly focused on embracing mindfulness, which is described as the quality or state of being aware or conscious of something. In other words, mindfulness in meditation pertains to the mental state that’s achieved by focusing and being aware of your mind, body and spirit.

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So, when you combine the two – meditation for mindfulness – you are practicing self-awareness by using meditative therapeutic techniques, such as breathing and mantras. That’s mindfulness and meditation in a nutshell.

Different Types of Meditation

Knowing the different types of meditation will come to you as a huge benefit, as you’ll be able to choose the best type of meditation for you. And despite all meditation being incredibly powerful, they aren’t all created equally, and you may benefit from one type more than you would another, depending on you, your mind, your spirit and your desires.

So, let’s explore the many different types of meditation and what they can do for you.

Concentration Meditation

Good For: Enhancing concentration and cognitive functions

Just as the name reads, concentration meditation is the meditative practice of concentrating on one single item or phrase. By focusing on one specific item, such as a mala bead, you’re able to narrow your attention in so deeply, that outside factors and negative energy no longer affect you. It trains your mind to be at ease, while also enhancing your cognitive functions.

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Transcendental Meditation

Good For: Quieting your mind

This unique form of meditation is the process of embracing the state of enlightenment. It’s about quieting your mind of every last bit of excitement, so you can experience true inner calmness. You usually practice this form of meditation by repeating a mantra. We encourage to read up more on transcendental meditation.

Visual Meditation

Good For: Enhancing consciousness, self-awareness and creativity

One of the most popular types of meditation as of recently is visual meditation. You’ve likely seen these in forms of adult coloring books or tapestries. Basically, it’s the process of bringing attention and mindfulness to your mind, body and spirit by drawing from your sense of sight. Whether you’re focusing on a mandala tapestry or coloring one, you’re able to channel your inner consciousness. As such, this type of meditation is a powerful tool for focusing the mind and embracing self-awareness.

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Heart Rhythm Meditation

Good For: Developing an appreciative, humbling energy

Heart rhythm meditation is different from all the rest, as it’s a downward meditation, whereas all the others are forms of upward meditation. What this means is, throughout the practice, you’ll be focusing on injecting the body with energies, as opposed to exerting energies. Heart Rhythm meditation invites energy downward, using the force of gravity instead of rejecting it. And as you may have guessed from the name, this type of meditation is highly focused on the energies surrounding your heart.

Compassion Meditation

Good For: Removing hostility and embracing forgiveness

Compassion meditation is one of the most rewarding types of meditation out there, as it’s all about trading out negativity, judgment, doubt and other elements and energies for the positive alternative. For example, if you’re feeling judgmental, compassion meditation will teach you how to trade that out for kindness, or if you’re feeling isolation, you can use this type of meditation to create a connection. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Conclusion

So, explore the world of meditation and all the possibilities that come with it by finding the perfect type of meditation for you. We also suggest you read The Joy of Living to give you further guidance as well. Once you’re ready to get started, head on over to Awakened Self for all your meditation tools.



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