Meditation is practiced all over the world to create inner calmness and harmony. This practice ties to many different religious teachings, but less about faith and more about finding awareness and achieving inner peace. It’s important to find a meditation type that complements your personality. Here are six popular practices:
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. As the name suggests, this practice is ideal for anyone who requires additional focus in their life. Try the 30 second hold during breathing exercise to get instant calmness into your stressful moment in the day.
Mindfulness meditation In mindfulness meditation, you pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind. This practice combines concentration with awareness. This type of meditation is good for people who don’t have a teacher to guide them, as it can be easily practiced alone.
Spiritual meditation Spiritual meditation is widely used in Hinduism and in Christian. It’s similar to prayer in that you reflect on the silence around you and seek a deeper connection with your God or Universe. 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.
Movement meditation 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.
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.” 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. This is also a good practice for people who don’t like silence and enjoy repetition.
Transcendental meditation Transcendental meditation is more customizable than mantra meditation, using a mantra or series of words that are specific to each practitioner. This practice is for those who like structure and are serious about maintaining a meditation practice.
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